5 Matches That Prove Lionel Messi Worthy of Ballon d’Or 2017
The 2017 Ballon d’Or award will be awarded by France Football on 7 December 2017 Taruhan bola. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have maintained their duopoly over the award over the last decade. Both players won the award 5 and 4 times respectively and they again became the strongest candidates this time.
Although Ronaldo has had a better year with Real Madrid, winning La Liga as well as the Champions League, Messi has performed superbly at the individual level. Messi scored 52 goals and has given 14 assists in 60 appearances this year. He has also performed consistently over the last 12 months. Here we see his 5 best performances this year that should have helped him to beat Ronaldo to get his 6th Ballon d’Or title.
Barcelona vs Celta Vigo, La Liga 16/17
Barcelona and Real Madrid competed in the race for La Liga title last season and Barcelona should not slip once. And in the game against Celta Vigo, Messi produced one of his best performances of the season.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 24th minute through his superb solo effort. He then gave 2 assists before scoring Barcelona’s fifth goal with a once again amazing process.
Messi was heavily involved in the game and was able to release 4 key baits, complete 5 dribels, have 80% bait accuracy, score 2 goals and 2 assists. His role is vital to help Barcelona maintain their pressure on Real Madrid.
Barcelona vs Juventus, Champions League 17/18
With the departure of Neymar, Barcelona is considered to have weakened during the turn of the season. However, Messi ensure that Barcelona is still a team superior to the Old Lady.
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner opened the scoring for Barcelona just in time for first-half injury time. He was in the empty space on the edge of the penalty box and kick off into the bottom corner of goal which conquered Buffon for the first time in his career.
He then helped Ivan Rakitic get his goal, before scoring again in the 68th minute. Messi dribbled past Sturaro and Benatia and steered the ball into the bottom right corner of the net which was again unable to drive Buffon away.
Lionel Messi has 83 touch balls, completed 5 dribels, played 2 long balls, and unleashed a key pass in the game. The result of the match makes Barcelona are on the right track for this season despite losing Neymar.
Barcelona vs Alaves, final of Copa Del Rey 16/17
Barcelona face Alaves in the Copa Del Rey final last season and it is the only title they have a chance of reaching. It was Luis Enrique’s last match as Barcelona coach. Messi et al gave a perfect farewell to the coach especially because Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi helped Barcelona excel, with a beautiful curling goal past Pacheco and then during injury time of the first half. In the process, Messi dribbled off the right side and dribbled past 4 players before releasing bait to Paco Alcacer to give Barcelona a 3-1 lead.
This is another sensational performance from Messi who once again played an important role for Barcelona and he is the top scorer in the Copa Del Rey that season with 5 goals. He helped Barcelona to their third successive Copa title and added to their glittering title list.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona, La Liga 16/17
El Clasico is indeed a great game. However, this match is also very important for Barcelona last season after they were eliminated from the Champions League and trailed Madrid by a margin of 3 points in La Liga. A defeat will destroy their hopes of defending the La Liga title.
Casemiro opened the scoring for Real Madrid, but Lionel Messi looked motivated and immediately passed Modric and Carvajal before firing a shot that was beyond Keylor Navas’s reach to equalize.
He then suffered an injury and received treatment, but that did not stop him. As the score drew 2-2, Messi once again became decisive by giving the winning goal to his team in the final moments. He was much better than Cristiano Ronaldo in the game and helped Barcelona stay in the La Liga title race.
Ecuador vs Argentina, World Cup 2018 Qualifying
Argentina is in a very difficult situation. They are in position 6 in the CONMEBOL zone standings before the last game and with only four available automatic slots, their chances look very bleak.
Argentina travels to Ecuador to undergo a final game in hopes of their breakthroughs also depend on favorable results elsewhere.
After Renato Ibarra put Ecuador ahead early on, the nightmare of Argentina supporters seemed to come true. But one man has other plans, and that person is the figure who brings the burden of all his country’s supporters on his shoulders.
The Argentine captain scored in the 12th minute to equalize. He then put Argentina in a superior position with a hard kick into the top left corner of goalkeeper Ekuadro in the 20th minute and then in the second half he scored the third with a brilliant chip kick past the goalkeeper.
Argentina won 3-1 thanks to a hat trick from their star and the result helped them secure an automatic passes ticket to the World Cup in Russia next year. Lionel Messi produced one of his best performances with Argentina and was able to show up when his people desperately needed it. (Source: Sportskeeda)