Reportedly, it's been said that Lionel Messi has agreed to sign a 5-year contract extension, which will allow him to stay with the Blaugranas family until June 2026. Of course, it's indeed a good news for the fans, because he plays a massive role in the squad.
Apparently, the Argentine has been buzzing and making waves since January, and he's literally the most outstanding player in Europe's top-5 leagues. As a result, he's leading the race to win the world-best award this year, having won Copa America and Copa del Rey.
Without a doubt, the Argentina wizard will be facing competition from many players, especially Chelsea's Jorginho and N'Golo Kante based on their individual performances. However, there are two ways Barcelona could help him to win his 7th Ballon D'or in the 2021-2022 season.
Lionel Messi's statistics this year:
34 goals (5 free-kicks, 6 penalties)
26 man of the match awards
87 shots on target
92 chances created (20 big)
178 dribbles completed
2268 passes (85% accuracy)
78 balls won back
118 times fouled
Obviously, the Catalans mastero deserves the award better than any other player in Europe, but the Thomas Tuchel's man may leapfrog him because he won the Champions League with Chelsea and the 2020 European Championship with Italy.
Here are the two ways:
Firstly, Barcelona focus on staying in the 1st position as regards the league table, without many defeats. Of course, they will be clashing against the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and others, but they have to maintain their flawless performance. Because Jorginho will be playing in the UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal, and it's most likely that the Blues will trash the Unai Emery's men. However, if the Blaugranas can pull off an amazing and outstanding display from the beginning of the 2021-2022 campaign, Lionel Messi has a big chance to win the Ballon D'or. The Ronald Koeman's side will be playing against Real Sociedad, Atletico Bilbao and Getafe in August. Therefore, they must win all three games and keep their unbeaten run intact without any awful result.
Secondly, the Dutch manager should give Lionel Messi more freedom to go back and forth on the pitch, which will enable him to have many spaces against the opponents. Playing a free role in the squad will allow the Argentine, to use his creativity and skills to create chances for the striker. Aside from that, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero will play hand-in-hand with him to bag more and register more assists. Initially, Messi usually carries the team's burden in every match, but the arrival of the 2 new attackers will improve his performance enough to win more Man of the Match and Player of the Month awards. The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembélé missed many chances last season. However, things should be different in the 2021-2022 campaign with Depay and Aguero's creativity.
Simply put, Barcelona could help Lionel Messi to win the 2021 Ballon D'or, if they can keep flying regarding their performance from the beginning of next season, and stay in the 1st position in the league. Also, the players will play with a high level of winning spirit to assist him in bagging more goals before December.
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