Lionel Messi Wins Ballon d’Or 2021 To Claim Seventh Trophy

Messi wins 2021 Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi of PSG has won the Ballon d’Or for 2021. The announcement was presented at a Paris awards ceremony, and the Argentine has successfully defended the championship he gained two years ago.

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row. The Argentinean player, who now plays for PSG, has won the accolade for the seventh time in his career after defeating 29 other contenders. Messi, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski were among the favorites to win it, while Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the mix.

This was the first Ballon d’Or ceremony for two years as last year’s edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 34 year-old Messi netted 38 goals in all competitions in his final league season at Barca before moving to PSG in the summer as Barca were unable to renew his contract. Messi left the club against his will and he has got four goals in his 10 appearances for the French side so far.

In fact, he ended up being the top scorer in La Liga last season with 30 goals, seven ahead of nearest challengers Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno while he came joint fifth of the top assists chart with nine. Messi also netted twice in the Copa del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao back in April. That proved to be the last trophy he won at the Catalan giants.

2021 Ballon d’Or awards: a summary

– Men’s Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi

– Women’s Ballon d’Or: Alexia Putellas

– Yashin Trophy: Gianluigi Donnarumma

– Kopa Trophy: Pedri

– Striker of the Year: Robert Lewandowski

– Club of the Year: Chelsea FC

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