Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry agree over why Lionel Messi will win Ballon d’Or

Paris Saint-Germain ahead Messi faces competitors from the likes of Chelsea’s Jorginho, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski within the battle for the 2021 Ballon d’Or award

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The 2021 Ballon d’Or battle is likely one of the nearer competitions in current reminiscence, with plenty of gamers making a strong case to win the award.

Robert Lewandowski was among the many frontrunners for the 2020 award earlier than it was cancelled, and the Pole has continued to attain for enjoyable since main Bayern Munich to home glory final season.

Mohamed Salah is enjoying a number of the finest soccer of his profession at Liverpool, terrifying Premier League defences on a near-weekly foundation whereas Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is a contender after profitable the Champions League and European Championships.

After which, after all, there’s Lionel Messi : a person whose particular person brilliance means he can by no means be written off, and who lastly ended his lengthy watch for worldwide glory in 2021.

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Along with scoring greater than 30 targets for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, Messi led Argentina to Copa America glory over the summer season and completed the match as joint-top scorer.

It was the 34-year-old’s first worldwide trophy after plenty of close to misses, together with defeats in continental and World Cup finals.

And pundits Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher each saved the worldwide achievement on the forefront of their minds when discussing the PSG ahead’s probabilities, as they have been requested to make their predictions for who will take house soccer’s greatest particular person prize later this month.

“Leo Messi will, I believe [win it] due to lastly profitable the Copa America with Argentina,” Henry instructed CBS Sports activities Golazo.

Carragher was not fairly as satisfied, saying “I believe Lewandowski will win it, I believe he deserves to win it” however admitting worldwide match victories can play a component in deciding the winner.

“I might choose Lewandowski, however I believe Messi may do it as a result of folks will really feel he is lastly performed one thing for Argentina.”

Fellow pundit Alex Scott backed Lewandowski for the award, suggesting 2021 may very well be the Bayern Munich participant’s “final likelihood” after lacking out when the Ballon d’Or was not given out in 2020.

Lewandowski has already scored 30 targets for membership and nation this season, after discovering the web greater than 50 instances through the 2020-21 season.

Nevertheless, regardless of profitable the Bundesliga, the striker fell wanting Champions League glory after struggling an premature damage throughout Bayern’s tried defence of the title they received in 2020.

Lewandowski has scored at a price of higher than a purpose per sport this season



The latest Ballon d’Or award went the best way of Messi in 2019, with the then-Barcelona ahead pipping Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk to glory and Cristiano Ronaldo ending third.

One other win for Messi in 2021 could be a seventh for the Argentine, who already holds the report for profitable the person award probably the most instances.

The 2021 Ballon d’Or will probably be awarded in France on November 29.

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