After Messi and fellow Barcelona were battered 4 nil and dumped out UCL semi-final during the terror night at the Anfield on May 7th, the race for Ballon d’Or 2019 award was thrown open once again, while Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or hope was all gone in the flame.
All British media houses were already throwing their with behind Virgil Van Dijk to bring the award back to English football for the very first in eleven years.
On December 2nd, 2019, not a shocker happened, but arguably the greatest player of all time won the award to really justify the purpose of the award for “Best Individual player” not for a reward for the best player in the most successful team in the past season.
A lot of outcry of several discerning football fans and experts were against the Argentine and Barcelona forward for winning the 2019 award… Obviously, Ballon D’or 2019 appears more wider and Intense than the previous edition, simply because of the process of deciding the winner of the most prestigious European award.
The critics of Messi winning his sixth ballon dor in 2019 by some media and football is justifiable, due to the process of nomination and decision for the winner to emerge. The process might be less contentious, but awarding it to Lionel Messi should never be in doubt because he was the standout performer, individually in 2018/2019 season.
Currently, the process of how the winner is being chose cannot be faulted because their is no strict guidelines or stipulations to the voter in making their choice.
The voters ( National Team Captains, and the Selected Journalists) would of course vote who they ever think deem fit, best, loved individually as best player to win the award. There is never a sophisticated, technical footballing guidelines for them to choose their winner.
There might sentiment towards the attackers being the most winner of the award since its inception in 1956. Only on four occasions that defenders and goalkeeper has won the award, while goalscorers and creative players has taken the rest.
Russian goalkeeping legend, Lev Yashin won in 1963, while German defender Franz Beckenbauer won in 1972 and 1976 before the Italian world cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro won in 2006.
It can’t be the argued that the goal is the name of the game, without the goals from the attackers and the entertainment from them, the sport will nothing to write home about. Goal wins the game. That doesn’t change the fact that defenders like Virgil Van Dijk who came second behind Lionel Messi effort should be cast in the dust.
His arrival in the winter transfer window in 2017 has unarguably transformed Liverpool to the dominant force in European football, and one of the league contender in English football.
He’s nothing but a leader, commander, and inspiration to recent Liverpool and The Netherlands National team under his leadership as captain got to Uefa Nations League final but lost to Portugal.
He’s almost indispensable for the team. A player that stood cover for Liverpool and was never in 64 consecutive games before Gabriel Jesus bridge past him in August. He’s nothing but fantastic and brilliant new age defender.
Football fans was elated after he was duly compensated with Uefa Best player in August. The perfect recognition for his brilliance and Liverpool success in the 2018/2019 season.
Allison Becker is one the best goalkeeper in this era. His series of superb saves, in champion league kept Liverpool alive, from the bring on elimination against Napoli, to wonderful saves against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg they won in one of the most greatest comeback night in Champions League.
Becker won the golden gloves (Best Goalkeeper) in Premier league, also reward with UEFA best goalkeeper award. Allison did not only stop there, but went and led his national team, Brazil to their 9th Copa America in July…
The Liverpool goalkeeper was never beaten from open play in the competition. It took Paulo Guerrero 44th minutes penalty in the final before Becker was finally beaten in the competition. The former Roma goalkeeper won the first edition of the Lev Yashin trophy, on the Ballon d’Or award night.
The Uproar in the media about compensating the best player in the most successful team for the season is null and void, that holds no root. Liverpool has too many elements that contributed to their best season in recent years.
Salah with 5 goals, Mané and Firminho with 4 goals each in 2018/19 champions league winning season campaign. Divork Origi, Alexander Arnold and Wijnaldum put up a spirited performance in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona without their two talisman in Salah and Firminho.
There is no clear game-changer in Liverpool. There is no clear anomalous player in the team that once he’s not on the field all their fan base would tremble. Virgil Van Dijk misses out against Bayern Munich during quarter-final first leg in Liverpool, no goal was conceded.
Salah and Firminho didn’t play against Barcelona while they were 3 goals down, Liverpool came out in flying colors to qualify for final at the newly built Wanda Metropolitano.
That can never be said about Messi and Barcelona. Messi remains a clear difference for Barcelona. He makes things happen from nowhere. He won the European Golden Shoe with 36 league goals. In all competitions, the 31 years old scored 51 goals in 49 games, and also contributed 19 assists.
Contributing to 70 goals is just ridiculous in this current and much-intensified way of playing football. Not only was Messi Barcelona chief goalscorer in the past season but he also was their primary playmaker creating 46 chances in just a season.
So many people will argue against Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or for the defeats against Liverpool and Valencia, but that Barcelona’s failure pinning on Messi alone. Yes, he’s the team go to get man, but he was not certainly only to blame.
Liverpool dominated the game at Camp Nou, pecked back the Catalan giant and was forced to abandon their philosophy to defend for almost 90 minutes. Out of nowhere Messi once again put in a claim that he deserved to win his Sixth Ballon d’Or by scoring two sublime goals against the world best defender and world best goalkeeper.
He still managed out of nowhere set up Suarez, Alba and Coutinho on a clear situation against Alison Becker. If at least one of those chances were converted, there won’t be any doubt or critics about the Argentine Sixth Ballon d’Or trophy.
It is very clear that without Messi is this current tired and aged Barcelona team, they’re just going to be another struggling team without direction… He is the reason why Barcelona still remains a force to reckon with. He still carries 50% weight in the team…
Ballon D’or award is not the reward for the most successful team of the season-best player in Europe, but the best Individual best performer during past season, which there was no player that came close to the Argentine talisman. He deserves his sixth Ballon d’Or without any form of competition.