The Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious award for a player’s personal achievement in football, is almost two months away. But before that, the French football magazine has published a short list of 30 people. The short list inevitably includes the name of the Argentine magician of football, Lionel Messi.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr. are also expected to return to Manchester United. However, the hot favorite Messi won this year’s award by impressing these two football stars.
The 30-man squad is dominated by players from the Champions League-winning Chelsea and Euro-winning Italy.
According to analysts, Messi is the only eligible contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year. Messi won the Copa America for Argentina by defeating the hosts on Brazilian soil. The 26-year-old has ended his country’s title drought. The best player of that tournament has been selected. He also has the most goals and assists. With this, there are all the great performances of club football.
However, in the Ballon d’Or, Italy’s Giorgione is considered to be Messi’s rival. That is normal. Georgini has all the great achievements in the Champions League for Chelsea. He then had a unique role in making Italy the Euro champions.
Messi’s rival could also be his compatriot Lautaro Martinez. The forward has performed well in tandem with Messi’s victory over Argentina in the Copa America.
Martinez played a key role in helping Inter Milan win Serie A before winning the Copa America. He also played a key role in Ballon d’Or’s list.
Meanwhile, in the race for the highest honor, Italy’s Georgini also won four of his teammates – Barella, Bonucci, Kiellini and goalkeeper Donnarumma. They have a short list of 30 names. There are also Bayern goal machines Robert Lewandowski, Bruno Fernandez, Gerard Moreno.