Lionel Messi has won the men's 2021 Ballon d'Or.

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jetroo

Non-League
28 November 2021
United Kingdom
Liverpool


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Congratulations to Messi for winning the Ballon d'Or for the 7th time.

Lionel Messi has won the award a record seven times (six while playing for Barcelona, and one with Paris Saint-Germain), followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five (one with Manchester United and four with Real Madrid). Three players have won the award three times each: Johan Cruyff of Ajax and Barcelona, Michel Platini of Juventus, and Marco van Basten of Milan. With seven awards each, Dutch, German, Argentine and Portuguese players have won the most Ballons d'Or. Players from Germany (1972, 1981) and the Netherlands (1988) were the only to take all three top spots in one year, with German (1972) and especially Italian clubs (1988–1990) achieving the same feat, including two years solely made up of AC Milan players (1988, 1989), a unique record until Spanish clubs experienced an unforeseen dominance (2009–2012, 2015, 2016) and Barcelona (2010) became the second club with three top players. Two Spanish clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, also lead the ranking for employing the most winners, with twelve and eleven wins.

How to win Ballon d'Or?
Each voter for the Ballon d'Or (men and women) give their top five; voters for the Kopa Trophy and Yashin Trophy submit a top three. In each case, point

Who votes for Ballon d'Or?
Then, a jury of voters for the Ballon d'Or winner is compiled by picking top journalists from around the world who will make their selections for first, second, third, fourth and fifth place. The following qualifications are considered by the jury: Individual and collective performances (winners) during the year.

Why Lionel Messi Win?
Messi holds the record for most goals in La Liga (474), the Supercopa de España (14), the UEFA Super Cup (3) and is the player with the most official recorded assists in football history (315). He has scored 782 goals for club and country throughout his professional career and is also the first player in history to win five and six European Golden Shoes. as well as the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and 2019 The Best FIFA Men's Player. he also won the Copa America this year.

World records​

  • Most FIFA World Player of the Year/FIFA Ballon d'Or/Best FIFA Men's Player Awards: 6 (2009–2012, 2015, 2019)
  • Most Ballons d'Or: 6 (2009–2012, 2015, 2019)
  • Most consecutive Ballons d'Or: 4 (2009–2012)
  • Youngest two-time, three-time, four-time, five-time and six-time Ballon d'Or winner: aged 23, 24, 25, 28 and 32 years old
  • Guinness World Record for top goalscorer for club and country in a calendar year (official goals): 91 goals in 2012
  • Most official goals for a single club: 672, for Barcelona
  • Most recorded assists for a single club: 268, for Barcelona
  • Most trophies won with a single club: 35, with Barcelona
  • Most goals in a calendar year (including club friendlies): 96 in 2012
  • Most goals in all club competitions in a calendar year: 79 in 2012
  • Most goals in a club season: 73 in 2011–12.
  • Most goals scored in a domestic league: 474, in La Liga.
  • Most assists provided in a domestic league: 192, in La Liga
  • Most goals scored in a domestic league in a single season: 50 in 2011–12
  • Most assists provided in a domestic league in a single season: 21 in 2019–20
  • Most goals and assists in finals: 31 and 14, respectively
  • Longest goalscoring run in a domestic league: 21 matches, 33 goals in 2012–13
  • Only player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009 and 2011
  • First player to have won more than one FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player award: 2009 and 2011
  • Only player to score 40+ goals in 12 consecutive seasons.
  • Only player to score 30+ goals in 13 consecutive seasons.
  • Only player to score in seven different official competitions in a single calendar year: 2015, in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, Copa América, UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de España and FIFA Club World Cup (completed on 20 December 2015)
  • Only player to score in six different club competitions in a calendar year twice: 2011 and 2015
  • Only player to score and assist in six different club competitions in a calendar year: 2011
  • Only player to score 60+ goals in all competitions in 2 consecutive seasons: 2011–12 and 2012–13.
  • First player to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league: 2012–13
  • Most appearances in the FIFPro World11: 14 (2007–2020)
  • Most (official) assists provided in football history: 315
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in a single FIFA World Cup: 4, in 2014.
  • Only player to score in his teens, his twenties and his thirties in the history of the World Cup.
  • Largest gap between first and last Ballon d'Or awards: 10 years (2009, 2019)
  • Only player to provide at least one assist in four different World Cup tournaments and most consecutive World Cup tournaments with at least one assist: 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.
  • Most Man of the Match awards won at the World Cup finals: 6 (1 in 2010, 4 in 2014, 1 in 2018)
  • Most total dribbles completed at the World Cup finals: 110
  • Most goal contributions at International tournaments' knockout matches: 21
  • Most goal contributions at major international tournaments: 40
  • Only player to win a 'Best Player/Golden Ball' award at all official tournaments participated in (FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA World Cup and Copa América)

Continental records​

Europe​

  • Most European Golden Shoe awards: 6 (2010, 2012–2013, 2017–2019)
  • Most consecutive European Golden Shoe awards: 3 (2017–2019)
  • Fastest player ever to reach 300 goals in Europe's top 5 leagues: in 334 matches
  • Fastest player ever to reach 400 goals in Europe's top 5 leagues: in 435 matches
  • Most goals scored for a single club in the UEFA Champions League: 120 for Barcelona
  • Fastest player to reach 100 UEFA Champions League goals: in 123 matches
  • Most goals scored in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League match: 5, against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012
  • Most goals scored in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League quarter-final match: 4, against Arsenal on 6 April 2010
  • Most hat-tricks scored in the UEFA Champions League: 8
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League group stage: 74
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League round of 16: 29
  • Most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie: 6, against Bayer Leverkusen in 2011–12.
  • Most goals in the UEFA Super Cup: 3
  • Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 7 (2015–2021)
  • Most appearances in the ESM Team of the Season: 13 (2006, 2008–2013, 2015–2020)
  • Most UEFA/UEFA.com Goal of the Season awards: 3 (2014–15, 2015–16, 2018–19)
  • First player to win the UEFA/UEFA.com Goal of the Season award for two consecutive seasons: in 2014–15 and 2015–16
  • First player to score in 15 and 16 consecutive seasons of the UEFA Champions League
  • Youngest player to make 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League: aged 28 years, 84 days
  • Youngest player to score 50 goals in the UEFA Champions League: aged 24 years, 285 days
  • Youngest player ever to score 400+ goals for a single European club: aged 27 years and 300 days, for Barcelona
  • Most dribbles completed in a UEFA Champions League match: 16, against Manchester United on 29 April 2008

Americas

  • Most international goals scored by a male CONMEBOL player: 80
  • Most appearances in the Copa América: 34
  • Most assists in the Copa América: 17 (1 in 2007, 3 in 2011, 3 in 2015, 4 in 2016, 1 in 2019, 5 in 2021)
  • Most assists in a Copa América tournament: 5, in 2021
  • Only player to provide at least one assist in five and six different Copa América tournaments: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021
  • Most goals in CONMEBOL qualification matches for the World Cup: 27
  • Most assists in CONMEBOL qualification matches for the World Cup: 10
  • Most goals scored by a substitute in a Copa América match: 3, against Panama on 10 June 2016
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in Copa América matches: 14 (2 in 2011, 4 in 2015, 3 in 2016, 1 in 2019, 4 in 2021)[/SPOILER]
  • Most Copa América Best Player awards: 2 (2015 and 2021)

Spanish records​

  • Most Best Player in La Liga awards: 6 (2009–2013, 2015)
  • Most Best Forward in La Liga awards: 7 (2009–2013, 2015–2016)
  • Most La Liga Player of the Month awards: 8 (January 2016, April 2017, April 2018, September 2018, March 2019, November 2019, February 2020, February 2021)
  • Most Pichichi Trophies: 8 (2010, 2012–2013, 2017–2021)
  • Top goalscorer in La Liga: 474 goals
  • Top assist provider in La Liga: 192 assists
  • Top goalscorer in the Supercopa de España: 14 goals
  • Most Supercopa de España finals scored in: 7
  • Most goals scored in a La Liga season: 50 in 2011–12
  • Most assists in a La Liga season: 21 in 2019–20
  • Most braces scored in La Liga: 116
  • Most hat-tricks scored in La Liga: 36
  • Most hat-tricks scored in a La Liga season: 8 in 2011–12
  • Most teams scored against in a season: 19 in 2012–13
  • Most La Liga appearances by a foreign player: 520 matches
  • Only player to score consecutively against all opposition teams in La Liga: 19 matches, 30 goals in 2012–13
  • Most league home goals in a season (38 matches, 19 home matches): 35 in 2011–12
  • Most league away goals in a season (38 matches, 19 away matches): 24 in 2012–13
  • Most league matches scored in a season (38 games): 27 in 2012–13
  • Most league home matches scored in a season (38 games): 16 in 2011–12
  • Most league away matches scored in a season (38 games): 15 in 2012–13
  • Most different opponents scored against in La Liga history: 38
  • Most consecutive away league matches scored in: 13 (20 goals from matchday 8 to matchday 33 in 2012–13)
  • Only player to be top goalscorer and top assist provider in the same season: 2018–19 and 2019–20
  • Most stadiums scored at: 38
  • First player to score in 15, 16 and 17 consecutive seasons
  • Only player to score 20+ goals in 10, 11, 12 and 13 consecutive seasons
  • Only player to score 30+ goals in 7 different seasons
  • Only player to score 10+ goals in 13, 14 and 15 consecutive seasons (from 2006–07 to 2020–21)
  • First player to reach 300 La Liga goals
  • First player to reach 350 La Liga goals
  • First player to reach 400 La Liga goals
  • First player to reach 450 La Liga goals
  • First player to reach 150 La Liga assists
  • Youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga: aged 25 years and 7 months
  • Most La Liga titles won by a non-Spanish individual: 10 (all with Barcelona)
  • Most La Liga victories: 383
  • Most appearances in a Copa del Rey final: 10 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • Most Copa del Rey finals scored in: 7 (2009, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • Most assists provided in Copa del Rey finals: 6 (1 in 2009, 2 in 2016, 1 in 2017, 2 in 2018)
  • Most dribbles completed in a La Liga match: 15, against Real Betis on 4 November 2007
  • Most dribbles completed in a Copa Del Rey match: 23, against Villarreal on 31 January 2008
  • Most goals scored from direct free kicks in La Liga: 39
  • Most goals scored in La Liga in a calendar year: 59 goals in 2012

Argentine records​

  • Most caps for Argentina: 158
  • Argentina all-time top goalscorer: 80 goals
  • Top goalscorer for Argentina in a calendar year: 12 goals in 2012
  • Only Argentina player to score against every CONMEBOL nation
  • Youngest player to play for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup: aged 18 years and 357 days in 2006
  • Youngest player to score for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup: aged 18 years and 357 days, against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006.
  • Youngest player to captain Argentina in a FIFA World Cup: aged 22 years and 363 days in 2010
  • Youngest player to reach 100 caps for Argentina: aged 27 years and 361 days in 2015
  • Most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup qualification campaign: 10 in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers
  • Most goals scored overall in FIFA World Cup qualification matches: 27
  • Most goals scored in competitive games: 46
  • Most goals scored in international friendlies: 34
  • Most direct free kick goals scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 8
  • Most hat-tricks scored in all international competitions, including friendlies: 7
  • Most assists provided in all international competitions, including friendlies: 47
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in a single FIFA World Cup: 4, in 2014
  • Most Man of the Match awards won in FIFA World Cup matches: 6 (1 in 2010, 4 in 2014, 1 in 2018)
  • Most Copa América tournaments played in: 6 (2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021)

Club records​

Barcelona​

  • Top goalscorer in El Clásico: 27 goals
  • Most assists in El Clásico: 14 assists
  • Most appearances in El Clásico: 45
  • Top goalscorer in the Derbi barceloní: 25 goals
  • Top goalscorer in the Athletic–Barcelona clásico: 29 goals
  • Top goalscorer in official competitions: 672 goals
  • Top goalscorer including friendlies: 709 go
  • Top goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League: 120 goals
  • Top goalscorer in European competitions: 123 goals
  • Top goalscorer in international competitions: 128 goals
  • Most hat-tricks scored in all competitions: 48
  • First player to be top goalscorer in four, five, six, seven and eight La Liga seasons (2009–10, 2011–13, 2016–21)
  • Most matches won with the team: 542
  • Most La Liga matches won by a Barcelona player: 383
  • Most home goals scored in a single season in all competitions: 46 in 2011–12
  • Most goals scored from a free kick in official competitions: 50
  • Most appearances in official competitions: 778
  • Most appearances in La Liga: 520
  • Most appearances in the Copa del Rey: 80
  • Most trophies won as a Barcelona player: 35
  • Most assists as a Barcelona player in all competitions: 268

Other records​


being a winner is not easy and this is the seventh time for messi and i admit that he is a GOAT🐐🐐.maybe this will be his last Ballon d'Or. but who knows he can still be consistent at his new club. I will always support him wherever he is.
 
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Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
Is winning with your national team that big a deal? There seems to be a general (?) agreement that international football is not as good as club football. I'm very happy for Messi that he won something with Argentina ( love Argentinian football), but that seems to be the decisive factor and to me that is weird.

To be honest i can't be arsed too much about individual awards in a team sport. I concede that CR7 is a great player, but i can't stand his individualistic behavior which could well be influenced by those individual awards. If you want to be the best in the world, go and play tennis or another individual sport. But i can appreciate that most people will have another opinion about this.

I have the same feeling towards the team(s) of the season at the end of a league or a cup competition. The team of the league is the one that won it and consists of more than 11 players.... The team of last year's EPL? Manchester City's squad. The team of the Euro's? Italy.

And then there are the settlements. After the Nations League Courtois (rightly so) complained that there are too much matches and that football is toom uch about money. Now he isn't on the short list among the 10 best GK's in the world. That is ridiculous.
 

*aLe

World Cup Winner
30 August 2005
Lombardia
NOT Lombardia NA.
It's been a bad day overall, but not for this of course.

This is bull$*!t though. It should've gone to Lewandowski in my opinion.

I mean, seeing that last year (which was Lewandowski's year, hands down) it got canceled... It should've really taken into account the last two years this time around.

all of them did not get a trophy for their respective national team except jorginho.
Not that Cristiano Ronaldo wins something with his national team year in year out, yet he's been awarded like... 5 of these?
And even then, if you really want to consider the trophies won... Jorginho won something with his national team and the Champions League, so he deserved it more than Messi in my opinion.

It should've been...
  • Lewandowski
  • Jorginho
  • Messi
In my opinion.
 
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fandoz

Conference
12 October 2021
Is winning with your national team that big a deal? There seems to be a general (?) agreement that international football is not as good as club football. I'm very happy for Messi that he won something with Argentina ( love Argentinian football), but that seems to be the decisive factor and to me that is weird.
Depends on what national win you get. If it's World Cup, it's really a big deal. But Copa America is even less competitive than Euro, so I agree with you:
  • This can't be a deciding factor
  • Even if it is, Jorginho should get the award instead (and he got Championship as well)

To be honest i can't be arsed too much about individual awards in a team sport. I concede that CR7 is a great player, but i can't stand his individualistic behavior which could well be influenced by those individual awards. If you want to be the best in the world, go and play tennis or another individual sport. But i can appreciate that most people will have another opinion about this.
Exactly! This is a team sport so I don't know how do they decide who is best. Every player has his own role and I don't think a defender is less important than a forward.

On the other hand, the award is voted by people who know and understand very well about soccer, BUT this knowledge alone is definitely not enough. You also need to know the players as well, in order to have good comparison and accurate vote. To know them well, you need to see their performance on the field by yourself. However I'm very sure that none of the voter actually watched every single match of every single nominee in the list. They only watched whomever they like, and know about the rest of players via News, Social Media, etc.. So this voting is already biased at the beginning.

To me, this award means who has more fan than the rest, not really about who is the best
 

papinho81

Champions League
22 March 2017
Chaumont Switzerland
Olympique de Marseille
Messi is just an average player.

The best by a large margin when his team has the ball.
Probably the worst I have seen when his team doesn't have the ball.

I don't like the message he sends to his teammates and to all the youngsters that are watching him, when he should be remotely helping his teammates to defend and he is barely walking instead.

Certainly doesn't deserve the ballon d'or this year.
 

NopeWOWOWOOWOW

Non-League
17 August 2021
Messi is just an average player.

The best by a large margin when his team has the ball.
Probably the worst I have seen when his team doesn't have the ball.

I don't like the message he sends to his teammates and to all the youngsters that are watching him, when he should be remotely helping his teammates to defend and he is barely walking instead.

Certainly doesn't deserve the ballon d'or this year.
messi is not a defender mate.
 

rockstrongo

Retired Footballer
25 August 2006
Sweden
Hammarby
Not saying Messi doesn't deserve this ,all I'm saying is this has been a boring price since mid 90s where they started to differentiate leagues, 25 goals in the premiership is worth much more than 25 in the BL for instance.
Boring price IMO
 

Madmac79

Champions League
11 September 2006
This trophy has more or less gone down the drain to me since the Ronaldo-Messi rivalry started and they basically split the win ever since. Not saying either most of those aren't deserved but it's hard to feel any hype for something so predictable and at this point it's basically a career award or something anyway. I maybe will feel interest for it again when it will move over both.
 

Hayes

International
26 November 2017
Messi's good. But the past 2 years that trophy belong to Lewandowski. If he wasn't injured in last year UCL bayern probably won another UCL.
 
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Stan

Allez les Lionceaux !!!
12 September 2002
I don't understand why people would like to know who the best football player in the world is, since it's all about teams. Perhaps there is a player in Outer Mongolia or Papoua New Guinea who is much better than Messi. That is a nice and comforting thought, come to think of it.

This is obsession is only good for the players agents and they already have too much influence and power...
 

Hayes

International
26 November 2017
Probably deleted account or something. There is link for article: https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/12/01/cristiano-ronaldo-factos/
Yeah nevermind about that, i could paste the link on google it says "329k Followers, 56 Following, 6433 Posts".

Tbf, that tells anyone how competitive he is, he's like what ? 37 in 3 months and still hungry like he was 10 years ago. Some players of his age already retired but ronaldo still playing at top level and face the hardest season in his career. Just take a look at United + possibly out of World Cup.

Could you imagine if he win something with United + Making the world cup knock out next year at 37 of age ?
 
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millossobek

The 3-Stars Cup
19 December 2020
South America
Millonarios FC
The Ballon d'Or is like the Grammys, or the Oscars, I stopped caring like in 1997.

Right now I just remember it when I have to press next in my Master Leagues. :LOL:
 
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MJI

"𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙞𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙄𝙨 𝙊𝙪𝙧𝙨"
15 June 2020
Poland
BVB 09
Yeah nevermind about that, i could paste the link on google it says "329k Followers, 56 Following, 6433 Posts".

Tbf, that tells anyone how competitive he is, he's like what ? 37 in 3 months and still hungry like he was 10 years ago. Some players of his age already retired but ronaldo still playing at top level and face the hardest season in his career. Just take a look at United + possibly out of World Cup.

Could you imagine if he win something with United + Making the world cup knock out next year at 37 of age ?
Everything in Ralf Rangnick hands, he obviously can help Man Utd, because there are many good players with whom he can work.
 
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