Lionel Messi: 7th time Ballon d’Or 2021 winner!

Chidalu Obiajulu

Argentine captain Lionel Messi claimed his record breaking, seventh Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday night, while Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Poland claimed the best strikers trophy.

Lionel Messi has enjoyed a superb calendar year, which was both good and bittersweet year. He also led Argentina finally to Copa America trophy, where he won both the top goalscorer and top assist.

He made a turn back to Barcelona after winning the Copa America but was told he can’t be able to sign it because of some financial situations.

In 40 club appearances this year between both Barca and PSG, Messi has managed an impressive 32 goals and 12 assists and was handed the gong by former team-mate Luis Suarez.

Meanwhile, Lewandowski, continued the magnificent form he had displayed across 2020, when he led Bayern to a treble only for last year’s edition of the award to be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Polish striker continued his fine form, scoring 41 league goals to break GERD Muller’s record, so far in 2021, Lewandowski has netted 53 times in 42 appearances, the most of any player in Europe’s top five leagues across all competitions. 

His nearest challenger,Erling haaland, is 15 back on 38. Lewandowski has averaged a goal every 67 minutes. Among those with 10 goals or more, club-mate Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the next most regular scorer, netting every 84 minutes.

Messi upon receiving the award said: “[Lewandowski], you deserve your Ballon d’Or, last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner.

“I am continuously Hopefully [France Football] give you the Ballon d’Or 2020.”

Lewandowski sent his congratulations to the Ballon d’Or winners and nominees on social media, while thanking his teammates and fans for their support in helping him claim the Striker of the Year award.

He said via his Instagram page “Congratulations Leo Messi and [Women’s Ballon d’Or winner] Alexia Putellas, winners of the Ballon d’Or 2021, congratulations also to all nominated players.

“I won the best striker award because of the kind of team, teammates and fans behind me, without them this can’t be possible. Thank you for your support.”

Messi made it known during his award winning speech, his desire to keep pushing and playing, with retirement not on the 34-year-old’s agenda in the near future.

“Sincerely speaking I don’t know how many more years left for me, but I hope there will still be many because I am having enormous fun,” Messi added.

It was a bit of surprise for football fans and lovers that Lewandowski wasn’t able to win the Ballon d’Oro.