3 key reasons why Lionel Messi could win Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo

3 key reasons why Lionel Messi could win Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo

SportsBrief.com, Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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Lionel Messi on Tuesday night, May 7, failed to rescue his side from elimination in the Champions League, losing 4-0 against Liverpool.

The Barcelona superstar scored a brace in the first encounter in Spain as the Spanish champions won 3-0 against Jurgen Klopp's men.

And the battle for who will win the 2019 Ballon d'Or has began, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still expected to go into serious competition.

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Despite Barcelona's exit in the Champions League against Liverpool, Messi still has the chance of winning the Ballon d'Or prize for the sixth time.

Here we bring you three reasons that could help the Argentine football star win the annual award:

1. Messi's incredible goal-scoring record this season

Lionel Messi is currently leading not just La Liga's goal-scoring charts, but also the European Golden Boot and the Champions League top scorers' list.

This season in the Champions League, Messi has scored 12 goals for Barcelona and has also provided three assists.

He has an incredible 48 goals in 46 games in all competitions for Barcelona this season.

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo's below par season

This season in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo who has for years been Lionel Messi's main rival has managed to score only six goals in the competition.

And this will also be the first year since 2009-10 that Ronaldo did not feature in a Champions League semi-final after Juventus were sent out by Ajax in the quarters.

3. Lack of other major competition

When it comes to individual performances, Messi has been there ahead of his competitors this season.

With an incredible 22 Man of the Match awards in the present campaign, the mercurial magician has made an average Barcelona team look like world beaters, carrying them into the Champions League semi-finals before losing against Liverpool.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.