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One of the most polarising discussions in football every year is the Ballon d'Or and the FIFA Best award. Like any other award, there are always arguments on who should have been nominated or won when the prizes are handed out.
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This year's Ballon d'Or is no different after last year's award was skipped due to the disruption in football caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 30-man nominees were announced a few weeks ago, and once again, the usual suspect- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are there.
While the latter will be lucky to finish in the top five this time, his rival Messi is the odds-on favourite alongside Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
It's no surprise to see these four players leading the race, given the year they had. Although he won just one trophy at club level last season which is the Copa del Rey, Messi still posted impressive numbers, scoring 38 goals in 46 games.
This year alone, Messi has scored 40 goals for both club and country, while he also has 14 assists to his name. The Paris Saint Germain star has also created 112 chances, including 27 big chances.
While winning the Copa del Rey with his club last season, Messi added an international trophy in the summer. The Barcelona legend finally ended his long wait for a title with Argentina after leading the team to the Copa America title.
Messi's main rival for the award is Lewandowski. In fairness, the Polish striker deserves it after he was denied last year, although he won the FIFA best award.
If Lewandowski wins the award, though, it won't be because he was denied last year, but because he deserved it. The former Borussia Dortmund striker has scored more goals this year (54) than any other player.
He has the most goals and assists this year (54 goals and eight assists) and won the Bundesliga with Bayern. Karim Benzema is also in with a shout with 35 goals and 13 assists for club and country this year.
Mo Salah is also getting more support following his brilliant start to the season. On current form, the Egyptian is the best player in the world right now and is deservedly one of the favourites.
However, while these names are the usual suspects, there's another surprising name that is also among the favourites, and that's Chelsea's Jorginho.
But the Italy international is unlikely to win the coveted prize, which is why it's time a separate award is created for players that are not attackers.
This year, Jorginho won three major trophies with Italy and Chelsea while playing a key role in the two teams. The former Napoli man won the Champions League and Super Cup with Chelsea and the Euro with Italy.
He was influential in both teams success. The midfielder played every game of Italy's Euro 2020 run, making the most interceptions (25).
Jorginho was also key to Chelsea's Champions League success, making the highest number of tackles (26) and second-highest interceptions (26).
But despite posting these impressive numbers required as a defensive midfielder and winning the two trophies that matter, he is likely to miss out on the award.
This is because attackers are more favoured when deciding the winners. In the 15 years, only two players that are not attackers have won either the Ballon d'Or or FIFA player of the year.
Fabio Cannavaro (2006) and Luka Modric (2018) are the two exceptions. And it's important to note that these two players won it in a World Cup year where they were the best players for their teams.
Cannavaro led Italy to the World Cup in 2006, while Modric led Croatia to the final in 2018, winning the Golden Ball.
Aside from these two players, other years have been dominated by attackers- even though it has been strictly between Messi and Ronaldo.
As a result, players like Jorginho are at a disadvantage regarding individual awards because the focus is more on attackers and strikers.
This is not to say Messi, Lewandowski, Salah, or Benzema does not deserve the award, but it's time a special award is created for unsung heroes like Jorginho.
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