Lionel Messi has proved over the years that he is one of the greatest football players the world has seen. The Argentine international is popularly referred to as the little magician or an alien due to his unique ability on the ball. The former FC Barcelona star is the only player in history who has won a total of six Ballon Dior awards. He was named in the list of top 30 nominees for this year's Ballon Dior award and it might not be a surprise if he wins it.
It is arguable that Lionel Messi deserves to win this year's Ballon Dior award. Since the beginning of 2021, Lionel Messi has really impressed while representing his country as well as FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain. The only player who has higher chances of winning the Ballon Dior award over Lionel Messi is Robert Lewandowski. However, stats show that Lionel Messi is far beyond Robert Lewandowski.
Lionel Messi has won five individual awards whereas Robert Lewandowski has won four individual awards this season. Lionel Messi has created more big chances than Lewandowski, won more man of the match awards than Lewandowski and completed more dribbles than Lewandowski. However, Lewandowski has contributed more goals than Lionel Messi.
During the Cops America and the Euros tournament, Lionel Messi impressed more than any other player. Messi won the Copa America trophy with Argentina and was the player of the tournament. Messi had the most goals contributions, most assists and most chances created among other stats.
Well, it is quite clear that Lionel Messi should be awarded this year's Ballon Dior award. His performance has been outstanding as the stats can show.
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