PSG striker Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or for a record-breaking 7th time in a ceremony, held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday.
Lionel Messi led his nation, Argentina to a success at the Copa America in Brazil, which was their first major trophy after 1993. He had spent the greater half of 2020 playing at Barcelona and had left the club to join PSG when his contract ended.
Lionel Messi has 2 more Ballon d’Or awards than Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, whose tally of 5 is two more than anyone else. Messi added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019 trophies with the announcement on Monday, which came after Barcelona Femeni and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas had won the women’s award.
Lionel Messi Felt Extremely Happy After Winning The Honor
Lionel Messi stated that the moment was an incredible one for him, as he thought that, the award 2 years ago, was the last one for him. It was a special year for the forward as he had won the Copa America title at the Maracana Stadium, and was happier to celebrate with the Argentinian fans.
Lionel Messi beat 29 other nominees for the award, including Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who was the favorite for last year’s prize before it was canceled because of the lack of football during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lewandowski was nominated for the award again this year after he broke late Bayern legend Gerd Muller’s single-season Bundesliga goal record in May after he netted 41 league times last season, as well as winning the European Golden Shoe.
Although Lewandowski didn’t win the night’s biggest prize, he was named Striker of the Year at the ceremony and finished second to Messi on the final ballot.