For the seventh time- a record- Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or. The award given to the best footballer of the year as voted for by journalists around the world. However, how much does this award really mean to a player and should Messi have been awarded the trophy this year.

Messi admittedly did help his country win the Copa America, but this was his first international honour. During the calendar year he scored 40 goals, 28 for Barcelona, four for PSG and eight for Argentina.

One of the greatest footballers ever

Undoubtedly few would argue that he is one of the greatest footballers in the world, but to win the Ballon d’Or, I’m not so sure.

Every year from 2008 to 2019 the award has gone to either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo with five wins.

The nominations for this year’s award were impressive. Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe to name but four.

But realistically when you look back at Messi’s year, his achievements have been minor in comparison to previous years. 

28 goals scored in a poor Barca side

Yes, 28 goals for Barcelona is a good haul, but then when does the little magician not score less than 20 per season. He single handily was the only player to shine for Barcelona during a poor season by their high standards. When PSG came calling he decided for a change of scenery. Who would blame him, but so far at PSG he hasn’t really shone.

In comparison to the efforts of Mo Salah , who has been outstanding this calendar year? Another nominee who surely deserves some sort of recognition has to be Lewandowski. What else does this season campaigner have to do to get this award?

Overall, perhaps the Ballon d’Or has run its race now and it is time to do away with this honour. Any player will tell you they would rather win a Champions League winners medal than the Ballon.