Lionel Messi wins his record seventh Ballon d’Or trophy
Lionel Messi wins seventh Ballon d’Or thanks to his exploits with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina in 2021.
Messi, who won the award previously in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019, has now picked up the honour on two occasions more than anyone else in the history of the game.
Copa America 2021
It was a landmark year for the Argentine, who helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey’s success but more pertinently secured a long-awaited international trophy as he led his country to the 2021 Copa America. It was Argentina’s first title since 1993 and Messi was clearly their star performer.
Lionel Messi wins seventh Ballon d’Or with his charismatic performance. Thereafter, he was forced to leave Barcelona due to the club’s financial issues and made a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, where he has scored four goals and created four more in nine appearances.
Messi beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski into second.
The top 10 players in the 2021 Ballon d’Or are as follows:
- Lionel Messi
- Robert Lewandowski
- Karim Benzema
- N’Golo Kante
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Mohamed Salah
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Kylian Mbappe
- Gianluigi Donnarumma
Meanwhile, Gianluigi Donnarumma won the 2021 Yashin Award due to his outstanding displays with Milan, PSG and Italy.
Barcelona star Pedri was named as the winner of the Kopa Trophy thanks to his exploits at Camp Nou over the course of the last year.
The youngster exploded into life at Barcelona, having made a move from Las Palmas in the summer of 2020.
He won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and a silver medal with Spain at the 2020 summer Olympics.
Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas won the Ballon d’Or Feminin. She was the leading light of the Barca squad that picked up Primera Division, Copa de la Reina and Women’s Champions League honours in 2020/21.