Should Lionel Messi win the next Ballon d’Or?

The debate on who will win the Ballon d’Or 2018 has been on for a while. With many naming Ronaldo to be the deserving one, but Luka Modric and Leo Messi are also on the list. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and his French teammate Kylian Mbappe are also contenders to win it.

Messi won the Golden Boot 2017-18, and unsurprisingly he was the top assist provider in LaLiga as well. The sole difference between Messi and any other forward is versatility.

The Argentine is a supreme playmaker who can also score when his team needs him to.

Messi has not made it into the list of the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award, and this has surprised fans.

Messi bagged 12 assists and 34 goals in just 36 appearances for Barcelona in LaLiga, with an overall rating of 8.68. Maybe this is not something special for Messi anymore, as the man does it regularly.

Messi scored the most goals, produced the most assists, played the most key passes, and completed the most dribbles as Barcelona won LaLiga last season, but not even a top three nominee for FIFA’s Best Player award? A victim of his own greatness.

This makes people not respect the awards anymore, with many naming it a popularity contest, and not an award based on stats.

Messi has been pretty underrated this season, and the season before, as his contributions to the team have been more than just scoring goals.

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