In 2015, won his 5th Ballon dor and Lionel Messi deserves Ballon dOr 2016 as well. He is the first and the last player to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award initiated in 2010. The pact between FIFA and FFA is broken and so 2 separate awards will be given by each authority. Although the race this year is very much tight as other stars such as Griezmann, Luis Suarez, and Gareth Bale emerged out. But Lionel Messi seems to be the favorite for this year as well. Here are the 4 reasons why Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon dOr 2016.
1. Goals+Assists Tally
Currently, no player has a better Goals+Assits tally in 2016 than the great Lionel Messi. He has scored a total of 49 goals and provided 29 assists in 52 appearances for the club and country. A total 78 goals+assists in the calendar year 2016 secures the first position for him in the entire Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 59 goals+assists tally this year is far lesser than that of Leo. And surely, nonother than Lionel Messi deserves Ballon dOr 2016.
2. La Liga Win
Lionel Messi was instrumental in Barcelona’s 2015/16 La Liga triumph. He was there to the rescue of his team at crucial moments either by providing assists or scoring the goals himself. Moreover, his impact on the overall game is far greater than any other active footballer in the world.
3. Copa Del Rey Triumph
The Catalans won their second trophy of the year Copa Del Rey in May. Messi was lethal for the opponents and won games for his team. The final of the competition was a deadlock and no team could score a goal in the 90 minutes of the game. Messi provided 2 assists in the dying moments and won the trophy for the club.
4. Copa America Centenario
Lionel Messi played Copa America Centenario with his national team in the summer of 2016. He missed the first game against Chile and made his return in the second game against Panama. He started on the bench and was subbed in after half time. Leo made his mark immediately coming off the bench by scoring a wonderful hat-trick and providing 1 assist in the end. He took his team to the finals where Argentina played against Chile. Although he missed the penalty kick, in the end, it was due to his performances that Argentina came this far.
Lionel Messi deserves Ballon dOr 2016 for his great performances
Although his rival Cristiano won valuable team trophies this year, but he wasn’t the hero of his sides. Moreover, his performances since the start of the season 2016/17 aren’t up to the mark. In these conditions, Messi is dominating the football with his playmaking and scoring abilities. Lionel Messi deserves Ballon dOr 2016.