Messi beat Poland striker Robert Lewandowski by a narrow margin over last year’s Ballon d’Or. But Leo had a disappointing campaign with Paris Saint-Germain last season and failed to live up to expectations at Parc des Princes after his move from Barcelona.
After securing an exciting and generally emotional move from Barcelona, Messi failed to strike the strings in France. Despite his club winning the Ligue 1 title, the Argentine failed to run for the Ballon d’Or. Messi scored only 11 goals and 15 assists in all competitions with PSG last season.
The 66th edition of the prestigious Ballon d’Or will take place earlier than its predecessors due to the change in format from this season. The Ballon d’Or is presented and nominated by France Football, and voted on by international journalists. The prestigious Golden Ball will be awarded to footballers’ performances over the course of an entire season. Previously, the award was given to player performances in a calendar year.
So far, Messi won the Ballon d’Or 2021 who now has a record seven titles in his cupboard. In second place is Cristiano Ronaldo with five, having last won it in 2017.