Messi’s rivals for the Ballon d’Or

The America Cup, in which Leo Messi has been a winner, MVP, top scorer and top assistant, has revalued the Argentine star as a candidate to get his seventh Ballon d’Or. Despite the fact that his season was discreet at the club level (he won the Cup with Barça and was ‘Pichichi’) there is not a player who has been clearly dominating during the season and has endorsed it in the Copa América or the Eurocup. Yes there are candidates who are in all pools, although none of the magnitude of Messi.

It is one of the years in which the list of applicants can be broader, precisely because there is not a clear favorite

Maybe the best located be Ngolo Kanté, Champions of the Champions with Chelsea, a team that has been his lung. He was declared MVP from the Champions League final, although the KO of France weighs on him. For a French publication, however, do not rule out nothing, apart from the fact that France Football’s criteria to choose is a mystery (once Cannavaro won).

Uncertain candidacies

It will also be on the list, by all indications, Kylian Mbappé, despite not having won the League or the Champions League and despite having missed the penalty confirmed by the KO of France. The reasons are unknown of your candidacy. Yes it is legitimate aspiring Robert Lewandowski. Probable winner in 2020 if there had been a Ballon d’Or, in 2021 he has been Golden Boot and champion of the Bundesliga with Bayern. Although with Poland he did not go beyond the league in the Eurocup, have options for his individual achievements and also as compensation for his extraordinary 2020 (Bayern won all six cups).

According to the prizes of the recent European Championship, the goal Donnaruma (MVP), Cristiano Ronaldo (top scorer) and Pedri (best youngster) could aspire. Another extraordinary footballer that for his qualities should aspire is Kevin de Bruyne, winner of the Premier and finalist of the Champions League, although fell in the euro against Italy and it is not French. You can have Chiesa options and they are in the pools for no clear reason (like Mbappé) Neymar, Benzema or Kane, who have won practically nothing.

Who can be nominated, according to many pools, is Jorginho, Champions of the Champions with Chelsea and of the Eurocup with Italy, although it is literally light years away from Messi’s football.

Messi poses with his 6 Ballons d’Or

Messi poses with his six Ballon d'Or