Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or award for the seventh time this year. He said that helping Argentina win the Copa America was the determining factor for earning the award this year. Also, Alexia Putellas from Spain won the women’s award.
Despite leaving Barcelona and his unimpressive start in France, journalists from across the globe gave him the award. They cited that his performance in leading Argentina to their first major soccer title since 1993.
Messi Wins Ballon D’Or
Messi won the Ballon d’Or award in 2019. However, organizers canceled the awards last year due to the pandemic. He thought that it was already at the dawn of his career two years ago. The soccer legend won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015.
Messi was the favorite betting pick to win the award this year. He said that he was pleased to be in Paris. Although he doesn’t know how many playing years he has left, Messi hopes there will be many because he is enjoying his time with the new team.
According to people who bet on sports, Messi said that what he achieved with the Argentina national team was his dream. Also, he dedicated his Ballon d’Or award to his teammates. Argentina won against Brazil in the final game of Copa America. In addition, he earned 38 goals in 48 appearances in his last season with Barcelona.
Messi played eleven games with PSG and scored four games. As a result, some fans thought that he wouldn’t win the Ballon d’Or award this year. On the other hand, Lewandowski was the sure winner last year. However, there was no awards ceremony last year.