Why Lionel Messi Coming Fifth In The Ballon d'Or Is A Joke
For the first time since 2006, Lionel Messi failed to make the top three in the Balon d'Or standings.
Luka Modric picked up his first Balon d'Or prize, becoming the first player in history to be awarded the World Cup Golden Ball, UEFA Men's Player, FIFA Best Men's Player and Ballon d'Or in the same year, and fair play to the guy.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Modric winning the award. He won the Champions League with Real Madrid and reached the World Cup final with Croatia, performing consistently throughout for his club and country,
But it's the fact that Messi, who gave us so many memorable moments last season, was 'rewarded' with fifth place.
:flag_ar: Lionel Messi is 5th in the 2018 Ballon d'Or final ranking! #ballondor pic.twitter.com/TeUJCpoVP8
- #ballondor (@francefootball) December 3, 2018
It feels like people take Messi's genius for granted. He scored 41 goals in 45 games last season, and assisted 20 times throughout for Barcelona and Argentina.
The fact no other player has scored more goals than Messi in 2018 in all competitions within Europe's top five leagues says it all, for me.
He didn't win the Champions League or The World Cup, something that definitely makes an impact on Balon d'Or standings, but he was the top scorer in the UCL last season, and once again smashed record after record.
Messi is arguably the most consistent player in world football, and he once again proved his worth last season with a handful of iconic performances against Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid, to name just a few.
Messi in 2017/18:
• 3 trophies
• Onze D'or
• Most goals
• Most assists
• Most key passes
• Most chances created
• Most dribbles
• Most MOTMs in Europe's TOP 5 leagues
• 5th Golden Shoe
Voted the 5th best player in the world. :joy: pic.twitter.com/JWDiiEh2fD
- EPL Bible (@EPLBible) December 4, 2018
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Luka Modric wins the 2018 Ballon d'Or award :trophy: but Lionel Messi won La Liga unbeaten, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España & finished as Europe's top goal scorer #BallonDor pic.twitter.com/haZxHU6AJr
- Faris :flag_ma::earth_africa::dollar: (@farisrr_) December 3, 2018
Messi being 5th on the Balon d'or results just shows how much we have gotten used to seeing him and Ronaldo's brilliance.
- Paul H' Martial FC (@of_House_Nzala) December 4, 2018
When it comes to being the being the greatest of all time, Messi was voted just that in a poll earlier this year. 5 Balon d'Ors. 637 games. 552 goals. 239 assists. 32 trophies. Nine La Liga titles. Four Champions League trophies and five European Golden Shoes says it all really.
In a four way poll, 26,104 people voted for their GOAT on Twitter, with the Barca man coming out on top with 44% of the vote.
Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo was a close second, receiving 36% of the vote while Pele and Diego Maradona came in third and fourth with 15% and 5% of the vote, respectively.
Right, let us settle this... Who is the greatest of all time?
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 20, 2018
Thoughts on the Balon d'Or rankings? Who was your winner?
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