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|Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by greenguy: 10:45am On Jul 13, 2021|
The Argentine was already the favorite prior to winning Copa América
Lionel Messi is not just the favorite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, he’s becoming the prohibitive favorite. He was already the one the betting companies were behind prior to winning the Copa América, and event since have only turbo boosted him further.
Messi already has six of the sport’s top individual honor, a record. But he is looking likelier and likelier to secure his seventh.
His odds were already quoted at 2/1 (implied odds: 33.34%) before either the Copa América or Euro final, and now they are at an impressive 1/2 (implied odds: 66.67%). Having won that elusive major honor with Argentina, in addition to top assister, top goalscorer, and best player, Messi has cemented a huge season.
Messi also has the most goal contributions this year, with 33 goals and 14 assists, for a total of 49. Robert Lewandowski is second, with 34 goals and 4 assists, for a total of 38.
Messi did not win La Liga last season, but he was instrumental in FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey success.
At the beginning of last month, Kylian Mbappé was seen as the Ballon d’Or favorite. However, he was not good at the Euros and missed a crucial penalty that sent France home. Lewandowski was in second place, and another Frenchman, N’Golo Kanté, in third. Kanté’s bid depended on following up an UEFA Champions League win with Chelsea with European glory with France, but his chances plummeted when Mbappé missed.
Several other potential candidates who depended on a win at the Euros to cement their bid crashed out such as Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal and Kevin de Bruyne for Belgium. Out of the rubble, a few new candidates emerged such as Harry Kane for England and Jorginho for Italy.
However, the Euro final was not the kind of big step they needed to catch up with Messi’s tournament win and individual accolades. Kane was not able to continue scoring or make a run for the tournament Golden Boot, and he lost the final. Jorginho did win the final, but he didn’t really sparkle and missed a chance to definitively win it for Italy by missing his penalty in the shootout. Gianluigi Donnarumma being named the tournament’s best player was good for Messi’s odds as well, as he is not considered a Ballon d’Or candidate.
As it stands, Messi is the mega favorite. Lewandowski and Ronaldo are considered to be second and third favorites, but they will have a difficult time catching up after all the major silverware has already been handed out this year.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by paulolee(m): 11:56am On Jul 13, 2021|
sure...no contest bro..he was already favorite even before the copa win because EPL players hardly wins ballon d or..
kante was a strong competitor after dt UCL win bt leo would av still won d award based on favoritism...
if vvd couldn't win ballon d or wen Liverpool were invincible n even massacred barca....I dnt see how kante or even Jorginho could av stood a chance.
d copa win just sealed d award so others should stop dreaming...
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Bigredmachine: 12:01pm On Jul 13, 2021|
Somebody please be kind enough to explain to me the difference between this balon d'or and the FIFA world best award and why the former is more talked about or given more attention to than the later... When growing up I have always felt the FIFA world best award was more powerful...
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by NaijaCuzin: 2:41pm On Jul 13, 2021|
Bigredmachine:I think fifa world best was recently unveiled
Ballon D or award is like the the grammys or oscar
The best of all
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 8:48pm On Jul 13, 2021|
Actually, you are right. The Ballon D'or recently assumed more prominence from about 2010 till date when it was merged with the Fifa World best award. After the separation from Fifa Best award in 2016 thereabout, the Ballon D'or retained its prestige and gained precedence over the Fifa Best as the Ballon D'or winner is now seen as the World best player for that year.
Prior to 2010, FIFA world best was more recognized case in point with the below:
- Ronaldinho won FIFA world best in 2004 while Shevchenko won the corresponding Ballon D'or. Ronnie was officially regarded as the World best that year.
- Zidane won World best in 2003 while Nedved won the Ballon D'or. Of course, Zidane was seen as the rightful title holder of the planet's supreme player that year.
- Luis Figo won Fifa best in 2001 while Michael Owen won Ballon Dor same year. In truth, no one even regarded Michael Owen as the best player in the Premiership that year let alone across the globe
The reason for the above is that Ballon D'or then was synonymous with European footballer of the year award i.e best footballer playing in Europe. So its restrictive nature then contributed to its inferior standing to Fifa best. But since 2006, all winners of Fifa best have automatically won the Ballon D'or and with the official merger in 2010, the Ballon D'or no longer had an "European" perception but was now seen as a global award for its winner.
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|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Bigredmachine: 9:09pm On Jul 13, 2021|
Thanks man, i think when tapnaldo and pessi retires from football, then things will go back the way it use to be... i prefer the world best to balon d'or o
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Bigredmachine: 9:10pm On Jul 13, 2021|
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by obonujoker(m): 10:05pm On Jul 13, 2021|
Everyday Messi narrative.... Una no dey tire
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 6:41am On Jul 14, 2021|
Joker my friend, we are just starting o, una never shee shumthing and the sweetest part is that una no get any strong basis for trolling again. So it's a walk over for us, except you beg us to be gracious in victory hehehe.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Lorddominic(m): 8:03am On Jul 14, 2021|
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by paulolee(m): 11:29am On Jul 14, 2021|
ThierryJay:dt kain lecturer wey go use grammar explain small tin n also confuse some people especially wit dt ur last line bt i understood d workings of both awards n ur explanation jus added some spice...nice bro
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by OJEEMAH(m): 1:29pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Mbappe KDB & Lewy would have given him a run but no UCL nor Euro to back up their bid. its a straight win for Leo thats why haters/sadist dey find wetin them go use talk say e no deserve am like "Copa is trash"
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by obonujoker(m): 1:47pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Lol... Di Maria still dey o
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ecoco2014(m): 2:01pm On Jul 14, 2021|
My Candidates for Balloon d'Or 2021.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by andrew444(m): 2:12pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Mason mount for ballon d or ?
Your matter weak me
If e see top 10 make e shope
Mason mount is a bang average player
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 2:15pm On Jul 14, 2021|
No vex Brother Paul, at least you got my message BTW, I've modified the final part.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 2:31pm On Jul 14, 2021|
As in ehn, see how Ballon D'or is being belittled. It's not just by scoring in the UCL final o. In 2007, Inzaghi scored 2 goals in UCL final for AC Milan and they also won Serie A. He didnt even make top 10 for Ballon d'or. To have a chance at Ballon D'or in a tournament year, you have to have been outstanding both at club competition and at the tournament.
Question is was Mason Mount Chesea's best player at this year's UCL? answer is NO.
Was he outstanding at the Euros tournament? Answer is also NO. Infact Sterling, Kane, Grealish, Pickford, Maguire, Declan Rice are ahead of him in terms of tournament performance rating.
So where will Ballon D'or come from? People just want to abuse this Luka Modric's law thinking it applies to every tom dick and harry. Same will work against Jorginho. The only Chelsea player that has/had a realistic chance of winning it was Ngolo Kante cos he was already a favourite contender prior to Euros but the tournament has dented his chances.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by OJEEMAH(m): 2:40pm On Jul 14, 2021|
ThierryJay:How often do we have to educate CR fanboys that Balon Dor is an individuala and not a team award? Yes, trophy is very important but it must be backed up with outstanding performances. despite winning the UCL & Euro, Jorginho cannot be considered a strong candidate. if Mbappe or Lewy had won either UCL or Euro, they will stand a better chance than Jorginho that won both but what do i even know when the sadist has not spoken.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by andrew444(m): 2:50pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Even jorginho wont smell it, he will be lucky to make top 3
I see chelsea fans shouting jorginho, their eyes go clear soon when reality hits them
If kante had won the euros i would have agree with chelsea fans, but common Jorginho? dude is not even a world class player self
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 2:58pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Lol, you and this particular sadist sha. Anyway, your message is completely true. It's individual performances first before using trophy as parapo (association) to enter Ballon D'or conversation through the backdoor.
People don't realize that Modric was consistently delivering strong performances in the 2018 UCL campaign and La liga. Before the WC, I remember we were already saying he was the major backbone for CR's scoring feats that season. His individual performances were noticeable and impressive. At the world cup, he also pushed a lowly rated Croatia to the final with strong performances while Mount was lost among the sea of English performers never mind England's much more stellar cast compared to Croatia's. Jorginho did not even really stand out for me both in Chelsea and at Italy. Being good is not the same as being outstanding.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by OJEEMAH(m): 3:05pm On Jul 14, 2021|
ThierryJay:Ronaldo may be the favorite in 2018 but Modric was not a bad choice performance wise and thats why i keep telling people about 2010. if it wasn't Messi, it should have been Iniesta not Sneijder. Your last sentence is what most of them do not understand.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by NORSYK(m): 3:20pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Some people are actually deluded to think Messi would win this year's Ballon D'or or what bases?
On winning Copa De Ray?
Or winning a joke of a yearly tournament that comprises of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador? If you minus Messi's performances against the lowly rated teams Bolivia and Ecuador, you'd find out that he had a poor tournament with just one goal and 1 assist, against a fairly rated teams like Colombia and Brazil he magically disappeared only to be carried by Martinez and Di Maria.
Lewandowski won Bundesliga
Won German supper cup
Won club world cup
Won uefa super cup
Won Bundesliga golden boot
Won European golden shoe
Yet some morons are shouting Messi Messi.
Eibarman wasn't even the best player in Laliga and finished a far distant 3rd
Was humiliated by young Mbappe in the champions league.
The media are trying so hard to push Eibarman agenda
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ThierryJay: 3:33pm On Jul 14, 2021|
Oh boy, see reasoning like that of amoeba. So Chile and Uruguay are not fairly rated teams abi?
Okay make I try come down to your mental level: If we minus CR's Euro 2016 performances against lowly rated Hungary and Wales, he'd end up with Zero goals and One assist which means he had a poor tournament. Against strong teams like France, the Baba jejely disappeared by whatever means only to be carried by Eder in the final.
Mehn I'm out and can't even deal with this level of mor0nic mentality. CR people (Obonujoker & co) come and carry your brother o. He needs serious medical attention.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ecoco2014(m): 4:28pm On Jul 14, 2021|
NORSYK:Sensible talks(For me)amidst many lopsided write-ups(from others)
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Kingcalls: 11:41pm On Jul 14, 2021|
U should have known most messi fans are the uneducated ones.... the question they should ask is that has any player in balom dor history used copa to win balon dor... they think other fans and pundits or the organisers are stupid
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ObamaMessi: 9:25pm On Aug 25, 2021|
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ObamaMessi: 9:30pm On Aug 25, 2021|
ecoco2014:If this is a sensible talk to you, it means you're s*nsiless.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ObamaMessi: 9:39pm On Aug 25, 2021|
Kingcalls:I wonder how you're h*man b*ing cos u lack r*asoning. Is copa america not a trophy? Why do pundits say that Maradona is better than Messi(on the grounds that he won an international trophy)? That other players never won ballon d'or for their performance in copa america does not mean copa america is not a deciding factor in ballon d'or.
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|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by gannod(m): 9:56pm On Aug 25, 2021|
You are spot on. I can not still fathom why some deluded fans are bringing messi into the picture.. funny how they are elavating winning the copa del rey and copa America( a joke of a tournament) over winning the eufa champions league,the laliga,bundesliga, seria A, Premier league or the European championship.
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by Kingcalls: 12:07am On Aug 26, 2021|
E go choke u....shey una don de give excuse y dwm no nominate am for uefa best...more to come...when they say una no get brain , una go think say na insult...but u minions are foolish air heads
|Re: Lionel Messi Is The Mega Favorite For The 2021 Ballon D’or by ObamaMessi: 9:57am On Aug 26, 2021|
Kingcalls:Who's talking of uefa best here? am just trying to curb ur insanity.
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