On November 29, 2021, the results of the Ballon d’Or were announced and set the stage for discussion; “Who should have won? ”
The Ballon d’Or is an award given by France Football and is awarded to the best football player and is evaluated on his performance throughout the year
Of the 30 nominees, Lionel Messi received the 2021 Ballon d’Or after receiving the most votes. This led social media into a spiral of reasons why someone else deserved the award more than Lionel Messi.
In the past, Messi had won 6 other Ballon d’Or awards, and of which this one he now has 7. Many people have said that the runner-up deserves the award more this year, being Robert Lewandowski.
Previously, Robert Lewandowski was consistent with his goals and overall skills, which is why many people think he should have won the Ballon d’Or.
However, observations show that while Robert Lewandowski was consistent in 2020 and 2021, Lionel Messi raised the bar and improved his goals and accuracy much more.
The Ballon d’Or is not just a commentary on an individual’s abilities, but on how they influence and support their team. For example, Robert Lewandowski contributed to his team and helped them win the Bundesliga. Also, Lionel Messi helped and allowed his team, Argentina, to win the 2021 South American tournament called Copa America.
Overall, I think Lionel Messi deserved to win 1st place for the Ballon d’Or, but the way he got picked was subjective, so the Ballon d’Or ultimately could have been awarded to most. selected nominees.