Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez nominated for 2021 Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez have been nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.

Messi once more finds himself being nominated and one of the favorites for the Ballon d’Or award. With the Argentina national team, Messi won the Copa America and at club level, he lifted the Copa del Rey with former team FC Barcelona.

Now with PSG, Messi is one of the favorites to the win the award to add to his collection of six which he has already won. He finished last season with 38 goals and 14 assists in 47 matches.

With the Argentina national team, he scored four goals and had five assists in seven matches as he lifted the trophy.

Lautaro Martinez has also been nominated. With his club Inter, he won Serie A scoring 19 goals and providing 11 assists. Of those 19 goals, 17 of them were scored and 10 of them were assisted in the league. He has five goals in six matches this season.

Martinez won the Copa America with Argentina as he scored three goals in the process. Here are the nominees:

Kylian Mbappe
Lionel Messi
Lautaro Martinez
Nicolo Barella
Karim Benzema
Leonardo Bonucci
Kevin De Bruyne
Giorgio Chiellini
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ruben Dias
Gianluigi Donnarumma
Bruno Fernandes
Phil Foden
Erling Haaland
Jorginho
Harry Kane
Ngolo Kante
Simon Kjaer
Cesar Azpilicueta
Robert Lewandowski
Romelu Lukaku
Riyad Mahrez
Luka Modric
Gerard Moreno
Mason Mount
Neymar
Pedri
Mohamed Salag
Raheem Sterling
Luis Suarez

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  1. I would love to see Messi wins the 2022 World Cup, but honestly how they can beat great teams like, German, Italy, France, England, Belgium, and Spain if they can’t beat Peru, Paraguay, Columbia and Uruguay. There are still lot of problems with this team that the coach can’t find and solve.

    • Lol wut?

      Germany lost to Mexico and South Korea in 2018 WC and Germany won all their qualifying matches. Chile beat Spain 2-0 in WC 2014. Switzerland beat France in recent Euro, Uruguay beat your idol team Portugal.

      England? they only beat Colombia on penalties in last WC, Spain eliminated by Russia , a country who’s better at training bear than playing football.

        • I dont remember Brazil reaching WC final since 2002 . Argentina is the only South American team to achieve that since then. Yet Brazil constantly being considered as no.1 fav.

          It should be noted, we faced 2 eventual finalists in WC 2018 early in tournament. Remember when Italy or Netherlands didnt qualify for WC? ESPN never make a big deal of those failure. If Argentina fail in qualifier, they’d surely talk about it for 3 hours straight.

          Chile won 2 Copa, and they’re about to missout 2 consecutive WC, but these people never make big deal about it. It would be a big deal if its Argentina who fails.

    • The problems with this team are correlated to three perspectives..

      1st, coach wants to stick with his core of players (ignoring Icardi even though we don’t have proper backup and benching L.Martinez over Pezzella even though he has passed his prime.

      2nd, fans want their favorite players to get picked even thought they have failed multiple times in the past.

      and third, media only hypes teams whose majority of players play in big clubs. All the countries you have mentioned have majority of their players play in big teams and in contrast most of our players are playing in mid-table teams.

  2. One idiot leaves and a joker takes his place. Laporta AKA new elected and former Barcelona president (snake in the grass Mo Fo) said either today or yesterday that “HE HAD HOPED MESSI WOULD STAY THERE AND PLAY FOR FREE”, free as in No salary, no income, NO MONEY.
    He also stated that La Liga’s president would have probably LET HIM stay for Free if the situation presented itself.
    It is this kind horseshit talk that pisses me off, the man gave them his soul and this is how he is being talked about by NONE other than the man who allegedly was more than just a president, a FRIEND, with friends like that, who needs enemies.

    I HOPE BARCELONA BURNS TO THE GROUND AND get relegated.
    and if you think that kinda talk doesn’t hurt or at the very least bother Messi, think again.

    • As per la-liga rules new contract of a player shouldn’t be less than 50% of his previous seasons salary. Messi had already agreed 5 yrs deal with 50% less salary but Laliga only allowed Barcelona to spend 95 million on salary this season. With Messi and Grizeman gone they are still spending 300 million on wages. So no way Barcelona could afford Messi. Regarding playing for free , first the league rules wouldn’t allow it and second nobody can work for free. Football players career are very short so they need to make as much money as they can in a short span.

      Barcelona is in such a mess that they will have to keep selling their major players. Thats means no champions league for few seasons. Right now Laporta will save himself by blaming the coach but not for very long. He needs a long term scapegoat. That is why he is blaming someone who could actually make a difference and that person was non other than Messi, the man who carried that mediocre team for four seasons.

      • Yes, I am familiar with the La Liga rules concerning player’s salaries which stipulates that a player can’t receive less than half his previous salary when getting a new contract……… Laporta knows that and then he goes further and says, “I’m sure the La Liga president would have allowed it if Messi agreed to play for free” why would he say that? why would he tarnish Messi’s reputation with the fans and more importantly stab him in the back by saying silly shit like that.
        Unfortunately, we live in a time where any schmuck can say something on T.V. or social media and have idiots believe him………………sounds familiar??

      • Barcelona gets what they deserve. First, they spent money like lunatics after Neymar left. Had $200 million and overpaid for Coutinho’s right foot curl shot after big money spent on Dembele (talented, but injury-prone). After this, they spent too much on overrated Greizman.

        All they needed to do was hire the right coach (Roberto Martinez, Tata, Gallardo, heck even Emery), sign proper CB to sure up defense, RB to replace Dani Alves, bring back Thiago, go after bench-warming Isco, or a Verrati type player, and keep La Masia promotion tradition “More than a Club”.

        Instead, they keep the same coach after Roma & Liverpool comebacks (wasted two Champions League titles). Then they hired a disrespectful coach that tells Messi his privileges are now over and sell Suarez (the vocal guy). This Koeman then attempts to sign every Netherlands player when the club basically has no money. Why sign Depay and not pay Messi? Koeman changes the culture. Never a Cruyff. A poor mans Van Gaal.

        Real Madrid must have had inside agents working in Barcelona and the President of La Liga has just lowered Barcelona’s budget. Barcelona will be the new AC Milan, Inter, Liverpool struggling for years to come.

    • Agreed that A-hole made it sound like Messi was too greedy to “help out” his club. Laporta is essentially trying to cover his own derriere for his inability to keep Messi and so he probably thought “why not pass on the buck”….what an a**. Thank god Messi left that train wreck.

    • La Porco! How low can he go ? This dickhead must have had serious brain damage to his totally fucked up brain allready ! Nobody, i mean seriously nonody is that fucking stupid like him to say such a provoking and super back stabbing words as he did like u mentioned : ”HE HAD HOPED MESSI WOULD STAY THERE AND PLAY FOR FREE”, free as in No salary, no income, NO MONEY.
      He also stated that La Liga’s president would have probably LET HIM stay for Free if the situation presented itself.

      Specially the last phrase it just incredible how stupid he can be as SulaV said : Regarding playing for free , first the league rules wouldn’t allow it and second nobody can work for free.

      And like u said why on earth he goes to says something like this ? : “I’m sure the La Liga president would have allowed it if Messi agreed to play for free” why would he say that? why would he tarnish Messi’s reputation with the fans and more importantly stab him in the back by saying silly shit like that.
      Unfortunately, we live in a time where any schmuck can say something on T.V. or social media and have idiots believe him………………sounds familiar??

      Yes, unfortunatly it does sound familiar ! With all theese shmuck dickheads allowed to do say whatever they please ! Like forexample what happened last time when Arg visited toxic Brazilian’ smuck’s soil ! And til’ now no news…right ?

  3. Yesterday’s draw isn’t that negative. But the draw was for a few main reasons:

    1. Yes we had opportunities, yes we had chances, and yes we did not finish, but we didn’t produce enough chances. We need more balls on goal, more shots, more tenacity and vigor, and more creativity. More chance means higher probability of scoring. You can’t blame this on Correa or the lack of a proper 9, without chances a proper nine won’t score a proper one.

    2. Alot of our players seemed tired. I don’t know if that is the case, but in comparison to previous games out players didn’t run nearly as much. Some seemed lazy. The passes were going the wrong way. Paredes didn’t seem to want to link up with his attack as much.

    3. I didn’t light up my asado and I did not put on my jersey. I got home late and wasn’t able to wear my maradona 1990, nor put any beef on the fire. I apologize to the entire nation of Argentina and all fans worldwide. I will train harder and learn from my mistake.

    • 1.yesterday we play good. it wasn t our best performance but sure we was not bad. we could have win but we didn t. i don t blame anybody because simply in 1 marathon like qualifiers when you can t win at least it is better to not lose. we take 1 point away against 1 team that needed points so bad.

      2.our players knew that in 2 days we have one more important game. they save energy that s all. they didn t give all they had and it is understandable. when you have 3 games in 1 week it is very logical to have your mind in future too.

      3.only 1 thing i can say. shame on you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Did not expect to see Lautaro, may have to do with trophies won. I am very happy to see Martinez, notice the club he plays for versus the clubs the other keepers play for. If he was in a team where he had won the league or a European trophy he would probably be winning it. I think either Donnarumma or Mendy will win it because for whatever reason trophies are the main metric for getting these awards (else how is Jorginho even nominated). I think that Messi’s time at PSG from this moment onto the days of voting will probably be decisive for the ballon dor because if he fails to kick things on in France with his La Liga form then it will probably sway many opinions. The Copa del Rey and Copa America will certainly be huge boosts to his claim.

    • Lautaro deserves it because he had huge contribution in serie A , and lets not forget those penalties he won was taken by Lukaku. He has double digits of goals and assists , won 2 major thropies, so its hard to ignore him.

      He’s also our second top scorer in Copa and WC qualifier. Probably his good start in serie A this season has been a factor aswell (5 goals in 6 matches)

      Portugal early exit will be a big blow for CR chance. It would be absurd to give Balon to someone who only won Coppa Italia.

      Messi has big case to win it this time. He has both major thropy and individual awards.

      Copa America
      Copa Del rey
      Copa America top scorer
      Copa America golden ball
      La liga top scorer

      Remember that Messi won in 2010 and 2019 without winning WC, Copa and CL. He missed out the league this time but won international thropy instead. As a bonus, Messi also broke Pele’s record with a hattrick in WC qualifier. People seems to forget this and only pay attention on his PSG matches.