And seven! Without sharing, Lionel Messi won Monday, November 29 the Ballon d’Or 2021, the seventh for the Argentine and the first in the history of PSG, isolating himself a little more in the firmament of football after having beaten Monday Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho.
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FC Barcelona, who saw the player leave for Paris this summer, still have a trophy in their ranks as their captain Alexia Putellas lifts the third women’s Ballon d’Or in history, and the young Pedri won the Kopa de best youngster (under 21). Finally, the goalkeeper of the European champion Italy, Gianluigi Donnarumma, wins the Yachine trophy for best goalkeeper.
First victory for PSG
Lionel Messi had already been crowned six times before (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019) in the shirt of Barça, which he left in tears this summer to join PSG, after 20 years in “Blaugrana”.
“I think I got this trophy for what we managed to do at the Copa America”, estimated the winner. This summer, he guided Argentina to their first trophy in 28 years, and the first major trophy of “La Pulga” (La Puce) in this jersey, after losing four finals, three in the Copa America (2007, 2015 and 2016), one in the World Cup (2014).
“After fighting for years and stumbling frequently, I finally got there”, smiled Messi. It is also “A pride for me to be the first player to win it with the PSG jersey”, added Messi, admitting to having “Very much enjoyed seeing my happy family tonight”. His wife Antonela and their three boys, dressed in the same black sequined jacket as their father, were at Chatelet.
Cristiano Ronaldo 6th
It is indeed a triumph for PSG, which touches the second for a French club after that of Jean-Pierre Papin with Marseille (1991). “It’s the seventh for him, for the club it’s the first”, savored Parisian President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi on La Chaîne L’Équipe, congratulating “Warmly” Messi. The price of “Gigio” Donnarumma further embellishes the Parisian evening.
Sullen gala on the other hand for Cristiano Ronaldo, ” only “ sixth of the 2021 edition, and who shunned the ceremony presented by Didier Drogba and Sandy Heribert and grumbled on his Instagram account, writing all the same: “I always send my congratulations to those who win”.
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Robert Lewandowski is also disappointed. This year it will not become the first Polish Golden Ball. The Bayern striker probably missed the boat when France Football has decided not to award its prestigious trophy in 2020, a year truncated by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Fair play, Messi threw him from the scene: “You deserved it last year, I hope France Football will give it to you because you deserve to have it at home”.
Benzema also dreamed of the Ballon d’Or. Long announced among the favorites, he finished at the foot of the podium (4th), by far his best ranking. The third place is occupied by the Italo-Brazilian Jorginho, defensive midfielder of Italy and Chelsea (named club of the year by the jury), and winner of this title of the Euro and the Champions League this year.