France Football magazine confirmed the 30 nominees for the Ballon d'Or award, which will have its ceremony on Monday, November 29 in Paris. Lionel Messi is the great candidate to win the trophy on a list that also includes Lautaro Martínez, Argentine striker for Inter Italia.
Another of those who could keep the award is Jorginho, the naturalized Italian Brazilian who was a figure of the Azzurra champion of the Eurocup and Chelsea champion of the Champions League, although the footballer himself assured that "if I win the Ballon d'Or to Messi is a scandal, he must always win it".
Leo was awarded the Ballon d'Or six times and is the one who won it the most times in all of history: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019. In 2021 he achieved something that he had never achieved before: winning a title with the Argentine National Team.
He was champion, best player and scorer of the Copa América 2021, with a victory in the final against Brazil at the Maracana. In addition, he was top scorer in the Spanish League with 30 shouts and today he is at a good level just arrived in Paris Saint-Germain, where he scored a goal against Manchester City for the Champions League.
What was Messi's best football year?
For Lionel Messi, the best scorer year was, without a doubt, 2012. During the 365 days he scored ... 91 goals! He won the Guinness Record for top gunner in a calendar year, although in terms of title, he could barely lift a King's Cup. Of course, he got the Golden Boot for the second time.
Lionel Messi: How was the last year he won the Ballon d'Or?
By 2019, Barcelona was already in a football crisis. With more failures and disappointments in the Champions League than celebrations, what kept Culé in competition was Lionel Messi. That year, he managed to stay with the Spanish League with Leo as the scorer and winner of his sixth Golden Boot. There were 50 goals between the Catalan team (45) and the Argentine National Team (5).