The Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League came to a close last night after teams such as Manchester United made a dramatic comeback to beat Atalanta while FC Barcelona scored their first-ever goal in this season's competition courtesy of Gerard Pique cool finish.
However, while the focus lies on the teams that will scale through to the next round, let's quickly have a look at the Ballon d'Or strongest contenders and their performance after the UEFA Champions League matches for the week was concluded. Kindly note that the Ballon d'Or awards presentation will take place next month as the best player in 2021 will be presented with the most coveted award in football history.
Robert Lewandowski is one of the strongest contenders for the Ballon d'Or awards this year following his scintillating performance and consistency for the Bavarian Giants. He has scored incredible goals for the side and recently won the European Golden Shoe following a fantastic last season. However, in yesterday's match against Benfica, he came close to scoring on two occasions but was denied by the Benfica defender. He finally scored in the 82nd minute of the game to help the team win 4-0.
Karim Benzema had been tipped by man to win the Ballon d'Or having scored 11 goals and provided eight(8) assists in the current season for the Santiago Bernabeu side. He was also on the score sheet for his team as they thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 away from home. It was a convincing win for the team with Benzema joining the rank of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to have contributed to 100 goals in the competition.
Many might question why Jorginho is in the third position despite scoring a brace for Chelsea in their 4-0 win over Malmo last night. Jorginho is no doubt a good player and a midfield maestro but scoring two goals from the penalty spot in a match where he barely made a mark is the most suitable position to place the Italian midfielder. He is no doubt a worthy competitor having won the UEFA Champions League and European Championship with Italy.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo proved once again that he is a big player for the big games with a thunderous header in the last ten minutes of the game to give Manchester United a win on the night against a very strong Atalanta side. He had a good game last night as he had one of the best chances of the game saved by the Atalanta goalkeeper in close range. He may not have won the UEFA Champions League but his history in the awards will surely pave way for him.
1. Lionel Messi
There's no other player more deserving of this position than the diminutive Argentine himself who shut the mouth of haters as he scored a brace for Paris Saint Germain to complete a comeback for the French Capital club. He started the comeback by scoring the equalizer before he amazed the fans with his perfect panenka to seal the victory for the home side.
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