Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or 2021 – DW – 29/11/2021

Historic moment! Lionel Messi won the “Ballon d’Or” for the seventh time in his career and equals the “King” of football, Pelé. The Argentine star beat the competition of Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema.

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If Lionel Messi is a name that is in the eternity of football, the seventh Ballon d’Or puts the Argentine at the table with “King” Pelé. Both have seven Ballon d’Ors and will be hard to catch. The closest is Cristiano Ronaldo, with five trophies, but already 36 years old. The duel for the Ballon d’Or between the two may have come to an end, with a clear victory for the 34-year-old Argentine.

It’s had better years…

2021 was a year of changes in Messi’s life. On a collective level, with Barcelona, ​​he only won the Spanish Cup, let his contract run out and slammed the door. The best he did was to be the top scorer in “La Liga” with 30 goals and added 11 assists in 35 games. Before leaving for PSG, in the summer of this year, Messi fulfilled a dream that was missing: to be champion for Argentina.

28 years later, Argentina won the Copa America again and Messi was the top scorer in the competition, with four goals. It was Messi’s first major achievement for Argentina’s senior national team. To sweeten the conquest even more, it was at the home of the eternal rival, Brazil.

On August 10, 2021, Lionel Messi signed for PSG, in a millionaire contract, but on the field, he is far from filling the eyes. He made just 11 appearances for the French team, adding four goals and three assists. It is true that the Argentine has missed some games due to injuries, but expectations are high, even more so when he has a constellation of stars to accompany him, such as Di Maria, Mbappé, Neymar and so on…


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