We are not worthy.
Lionel Messi A GOAT scored another brilliant goal with his left hoof in a tense Clasico last night.
Add that to his hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna to secure Barcelona an undefeated La Liga title last week and you begin to realise why Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or.
Not only did he win his side the title, but he did it when his team needed him most – facing a 2-2 draw and the prospect of hosting Real Madrid knowing they couldn’t lose.
They were Messi’s 30th, 31st and 32nd league goals of the season from 30 games as Barcelona have steamrollered La Liga and run away with the title.
With three remaining fixtures, the Catalans became the earliest ever winners of the Spanish league and are now 12 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and there’s a full 15 points between them and arch rivals Real Madrid.
Yes, one of Barca, Atelti and Real will win La Liga but to go undefeated for the whole season has never been done before and with the El Clasico away ties and visits to Atletico it would be arguably the greatest league achievement ever in Spain.
And a lot of that comes down to the contribution from Barca’s Argentine wizard.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have three league games left; Villareal, Leavante and Real Sociedad, and if they avoid defeat in those games they will achieve an invincible season.
Now they have come through against Real unscathed, mostly thanks to Messi (and Marcelo’s schoolboy defending), it is well within their grasp.
Like Arsenal in 2003-04, invincible seasons do not come around very often.
It hasn’t all been easy, Messi has been inspirational for the team with four league hat-tricks this season, leading the scoring charts and currently the top assist provider.
Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are being banded around as the only two possible picks for this year’s Ballon d’Or due to their exploits in Europe and the sheer amount of goals they’ve scored.
Salah has already walked the PFA Player of the Year and Ronaldo is the top scorer in the Champions League and in recent seasons winning the tournament has seemingly been a minimum requirement to be named the world’s best player.
Salah and Ronaldo will be facing off in the final to be crowned the kings of Europe and potentially clinching this year’s Ballon d’Or.
But there is a Champions League winner every year and having an invincible season is a once in a lifetime achievement.
Which is why Messi should be ahead of both players when the votes are entered for the gong.
He has been the most influential players in a team that has walked the league with being defeated once.
Even at the age of 30, the GOAT has proved the he is too good for La Liga – topping the scoring and assist charts in an invincible team is well worth the Ballon d’Or title in my opinion.
I think it would be sad to allow Barca’s collapse in Roma to outweigh all the other achievements of the season.
Europe is not the be all and end all people.
Then again, it might all come down to what happens in Russia this summer.