For the first time, in many years, although myself I felt that Messi has always been the best players week in and week out.
This is the one year where Lionel Messi has been the best player by a huge distance. Like I mean a staggering distance.
I find it absurd that the UCL should dictate who wins the Ballon d’Or, but by the looks of how FIFA works, they will try to let Messi & Ronaldo have 5 each until someone wins something major.
Now with that said, the reasons I believe Messi should win his 6th Ballon d’Or is down to the fact that all his competitors have had superb years in comparison, while he has been absolutely incredible.
The gap in difference from him to who ever you think is second best has been a wide margin. The knockout from Liverpool over Barcelona will overlook what a tremendous season he has had on an individual level but thats just Messi being a victim to his own success.
Luka Modric – Had a below average season and Real Madrid has been poor by their own standards
Cristiano Ronaldo – Won a league title, looks like he wont be the top scorer in his league and well, there UCL campaign has been a rather failure.
Neymar – Won nothing significant and has had a significant injury
Mbappe – Has had a good season but no where near his expectation since PSG crashed out the UCL embarrassingly.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea didnt really contend with any competition and has not really lit up the Premier League as usual. Still a solid season for him however.
Mo Salah – Has been rather inconsistent, still a good season for him, not to the heights of last season but so he is also a contender for the award.
The only player I can think of is Virgil van Dijk. He has one the PFA player of the year. Has a decent shot at winning the UCL. Team has came up short in the Premier League due to Man City incredible year.
I dont really see how anyone can make a case to win the Ballon d’Or other than Messi. The only blemish his image was the 4-0 comeback of Liverpool but messi is not a defender how much blame is he to have, NeSSI this season has also singlehandedly carried Barcelona.
This is one of the “Messidependecia” season they have had.
That speaks volume of his value has player to his team.