Lionel Messi’s ability to create history continues with the sixth Ballon d’or record he received on Monday.
Lionel Messi set a record when he received the sixth Golden Ball. Let’s take a look back at the years in which he won this award.
Decades of monopoly in the most prestigious individual award in football held by Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo stars were broken by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric a year ago.
However, once again, Messi’s name was called up and he expanded the collection of awards he won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Here, with the help of Opta data, we have reviewed the parameters behind each award that Messi won when he was named the best striker in the world.
How could anyone else win this award in a year when Messi swept all major titles? He won a total of six titles with Pep Guardiola’s star-studded squad, including La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Supercopa an Espana, Super Cup, and Club World Cup. Messi contributed 22 goals and 10 assists in La Liga that season and also scored 6 goals and 2 assists in the Champions League. And it also his first Ballon d’or.
A year later and with fewer trophies – only LaLiga and Supercopa – Messi was in the high state after scoring 58 goals in just 54 appearances for Barcelona – meaning he had 1.07 goals per game ratio. He scored 42 goals in just 36 LaLiga matches while also scoring in all matches in 12 Champions League appearances.
Ballon d’or 2011
The third consecutive Ballon d’or appeared in 2011 and it was awarded very well. The only major title he hasn’t won this season is Copa del Rey. Messi once again became the center of the Barca squad that won LaLiga and the Champions League. He scored fewer goals with 55 in 57 matches in all competitions. However, 25 assists were an impressive number for him in 2010.
Ballon d’or 2012
This is the fourth consecutive time Messi has won Ballon d’or award even though he can only win the Copa del Rey. He had 12 months of intense play with Argentina. In 60 appearances, Messi has scored 79 goals – 59 of which are in LaLiga and 13 in the Champions League. That created an astonishing 1.32 goals per game and he also scored 21 assists to make the numbers even more impressive.
Ballon d’or 2015
For two years before and after 2015, it was his rival Ronaldo who dominated the Ballon d’or award ceremony. However, in 2015, Messi regained the title after the race with Neymar and Luis Suarez after they won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League under coach Luis Enrique with a Super Cup and Club World Cup. Personal stats are no longer the same as three years ago but he still contributes 48 impressive goals and 23 assists after 53 appearances.
Ballon d’or 2019
For a player who is considered by many to be the best in the sport, perhaps Messi is suitable to keep the record for the most Ballon d’ors. This is probably the year he won the most astonishing award with 41 goals and 15 assists scored after 44 appearances. Messi also won the 10th LaLiga championship – the most of any Barcelona player in history.
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