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3 things Lionel Messi has to do to win the Ballon d'Or this year

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FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015
FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015

When 2018 began, Lionel Messi was the clear favourite to end the year with the Ballon d’Or trophy in his hand. However, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah have been giving a stiff competition and have overtaken the Barcelona star in the Ballon d’Or Power rankings.

The Argentine has had a stunning season but somehow has fallen behind in the race for the greatest individual honour for a footballer. Ronaldo and Salah guided their teams to the Champions League finals and that gave them extra points while the fact that Messi ended with two trophies has been forgotten.

The Barcelona legend had a 4-1 lead over Ronaldo but with 4 Ballon d’Or trophies in 5 years, the Portuguese star is now on level terms. This season might be the final time one of these two win the trophy, so this might well be the decider to see who finishes with the most Ballon d’Ors.

Barcelona are said to be doing their best to improve their squad for the 2018/19 season with Antoine Griezmann being heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou. The French striker can take some pressure off Messi and Suarez and help in improving the team’s performances as a whole. 

With the club and players ready to do everything, here are 3 things that Messi has to do to get back on top of the Ballon d’Or race:

#3 Impress in the World Cup

One criticism everyone has of Lionel Messi is that he fails on the big stage while playing for Argentina. He only has an Olympic goal medal to show for his honours in his national colors. He has been in 4 finals but has ended up losing every single one of them.

This World Cup is the best chance for him to do his best and drag Argentina into the final once again. He brought them into the World Cup with a stellar performance vs Ecuador that included a hat-trick.

If he gets into that gear and spearheads Argentina's attack, there aren’t many who can stop him from winning the games for his side.

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