Ballon d’Or 2018 : The Ballon d’Or has little credit if Messi is fifth
The Ballon d’Or that Luka Modric won on Monday was the most fervently bantered as of late. While we’ve become used to the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly, there were five or six players competing for the crown this year.
There were opinions for all kinds of tastes. Looking at the votes, there were 13 different players who were voted in first place by one of the journalists consulted by France Football, specifically Modric, Messi, Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah, Thibaut Courtois, Neymar and Harry Kane.
This shows exactly how open the challenge was and that the casting a ballot parameters are very befuddling. Modric was upheld due to his Champions League win, World Cup runners-up medal and his play, even if he hasn’t been as great in 2018/19.
Ronaldo had a Champions League win, while Griezmann and Mbappe could talk about the World Cup. For Messi, there was his play, his objectives and his Golden Shoe. The instances of Varane, Aguero, Courtois and the others were more subtle.
What is clearly unfair is that Messi isn’t on the podium as one of the best. He demonstrates it every day. He himself won three quarters of Barcelona’s league title last season, while he was likewise the Pichichi and Golden Shoe champ.
In this season he is doing also well and on the off chance that he didn’t accomplish more in the World Cup, it merits investigating what he was really going after.