Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will win the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time in his career, according to Spanish journalist Sergio Gonzalez, who also confirms that the Argentine and his entourage have been informed. The 34-year-old is set to win the award ahead of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, with the Pole missing out in 2020 despite being one of the favorites due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Messi’s potential Ballon d’Or triumph could be one of the most iconic moments in football history, as he looks set to win the France Football showpiece in PSG colors for the first time. After making his Barcelona debut in 2004, the little magician lit up the Camp Nou with his brilliance and won the award six times during his time with the club.
In 2019, he became the first player in history to win the Ballon d’Or six times, edging out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk. However, if rumors are to be believed, Messi looks set to win it again next week, with Lewandowski, Mohamed Salah, Jorginho, and Cristiano Ronaldo, among others, set to be named in the top ten.
Messi agreed to join PSG in the summer of 2021, following Barcelona’s unsuccessful attempt to tie him down to a contract extension due to La Liga’s newly implemented wage cap.
Last month, Lionel Messi spoke openly about his desire to win his seventh Ballon d’Or. In an official interview with the Spanish publication Sport, the PSG forward stated that winning the award again would be a truly extraordinary achievement.
The winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or will be officially announced on November 29th. Will Lionel Messi win it for a record-extending seventh time, or will someone else take the prize? Time will tell.