This year’s Ballon d’Or has been a subject of discussion for football lovers, followers, pundits, stakeholders, and legends of the game. Even fanatics are not left behind to share their views and opinions on the most coveted individual award in the game.
In recent years, Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the headlines due to their consistency at the top level. In fact, they’ve been shattering the charts with their unmatched top-level performances, breaking different records, and creating new ones with their goal-scoring exploits for the clubs they represent.
These two have won the award 11 times altogether in the last 2 decades. If Messi is voted as the winner for this year’s Ballon d’Or, it would be his seventh win.
This year has been surrounded by diverse and divided opinions, even legends of the games like Patrick Evra, Leboeuf, Ferdinand, and other cerebral personalities have been clouded with different kinds of emotional attachments and preferences.
Some have pitched their tent to certain contenders like Robert Lewandowski, some with Lionel Messi while some think Jorginho, who had a fantastic season with Chelsea last campaign in their UCL triumph and later this year in the European championships with Italy, should be accorded the prestigious award. Some are even rooting for Karim Benzema to clinch the award.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been kicking out his thoughts on the matter without any reservations, he’s tipped Bayern Munich frontman Robert Lewandowski to clinch this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other contenders.
France Football is prepared to declare the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or award on 29th November this year, Lionel Messi, Jorginho, Karim Benzema, and Mohamed Salah have all been tipped to win the award by a preponderance of fans and followers, while Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s goal poacher is also considered a prime candidate to win it.
Lewandowski is already on the other side of 30, he’s 33 years but that does not stop the Polish goal wizard from performing at the highest level for the Bavarians. The former Borussia Dortmund striker relentlessly netted 48 goals and provided nine assists from 40 appearances for the Bundesliga champions last season.
This is a staggering number from a player on the other side of 30. The Poland international has taken his scary form into this campaign and has recorded 22 goals and provided 2 assists in 16 appearances for Julian Nagelsmann’s side already. Lewandowski also scored three times for his country Poland at this year’s European Championship.
The award presentation is in November and the Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has been waxing lyrical on his choice of candidate to win the award. He has openly pitched his tent with Bayern Munich goal machine, Robert Lewandowski, as the worthy candidate to clinch it.
He said: “This is a special award for a special player. Ronaldo and Messi have always been the benchmark, but Robert Lewandowski, it’s his time to potentially win the Ballon d’Or this year.”
Ferdinand pointed out Robert Lewandowski’s goalscoring spree throughout last season.
“In the calendar year, by the way, in the 38 games he’s played, he’s got 50 goals. In today’s game, that’s a ridiculous number, he scores every type of goal – that’s what I love about him. He’s got your Number .9 goals where you’re at the back-post heading balls in like that, he’s got deft touches”.
Ferdinand may have pitched his tent with Lewandowski to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award but it remains to be seen if France Football organizing bodies think the same way.
The award isn’t relying on opinion or conjectures but it’s through voting. National team coaches and captains with some selected journalists are the people whose votes will determine the actual winner of the award come November 29th 2021.b