SEVEN | Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker and captain of the Argentine national team, Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday, November 29! Thanks to this prestigious award from France Football magazine, Messi remains the player who won the most Ballon d’Or.
This year Messi won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who came in second and third respectively.
Manchester United and Portuguese national team striker Cristiano Ronaldo finished sixth in the table. The Portuguese player has five Ballon d’Or to his credit.
Messi helped Argentina’s national team win their first Copa America since 1993 by finishing as the tournament’s top scorer (tied with Colombian Luis Díaz ) and top passer.
In his acceptance speech, Messi made a point of saluting Robert Lewandowski who. According to the Argentinian player, should have received the precious trophy in 2020. (The 2020 Ballon d’Or has been canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic). “I think you deserved to win the trophy last year,” said the Pulga, addressing the Polish striker.
Cristian Ronaldo, who was absent at the ceremony, refuted a statement by the organizer of the Ballon d’Or and editor-in-chief of France Football, Pascal Ferry. The latter said last week that Ronaldo’s only ambition was to retire with more Ballon d’Ors than Messi. “Pascal Ferry lied, he used my name to promote himself. And highlight the publication for which he works. said the Portuguese striker in a post on Instagram.
The departure of Lionel Messi
From FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window. After 21 years with the Blaugrana, has had the effect of a bomb in the world of football. La Pulga has freely engaged with PSG for a three-year contract, which would be worth more than $ 33 million per season (after-tax). The Argentina striker was ready to accept a 50% pay cut to stay at Barcelona. But the club said. Financial and structural obstacles made any deal impossible. Messi left Catalonia as the undisputed leader with 672 goals scored and 305 assists.