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5 reasons why Lionel Messi will not win the Ballon d'Or in 2018

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Can Messi add one more to his collection this year?

Lionel Messi is easily one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. The way he weaves past defences is quite a sight to behold. In fact, we're privileged to have been able to watch Messi grow up from a wonderkid to the man who can single-handedly destroy oppositions.

This season started on a bright note for the Argentinian. Barcelona were cruising past all their opponents and Messi was at the centre of it. However, an early exit in the Champions League and being stripped of the 'invincibles' tag in the very last game of the season has greatly hampered Messi's chances of winning football's greatest honour- Ballon d'Or for a sixth time.

Let's take a look at 5 reasons why Lionel Messi will not win the Ballon d'Or in 2018:

#5 The Ronaldo-Messi duopoly seems to be over

FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2014
Duopoly over?

Messi and Ronaldo have dominated European football for a decade. In the last 10 years, they have won the award 5 times each. The last player, other than Ronaldo and Messi, to win the award was Kaka and he won it back in 2007.

Ever since, Ronaldo and Messi have been eviscerating the competition who have found it hard to keep up with these two legends of the game.

However, this season, some players have really come to the fore. Robert Lewandowski has had a stellar season and his achievements in 2017-18 are at par with that of Messi's. Bayern and Barcelona are domestic champions in their respective leagues.

In fact, Lewandowski and his side have done better in the Champions League as they made it to the semi-finals as opposed to Barcelona who crashed out in the quarters.

And of course, Lewandowski is not the only man to have stepped up to the plate in an overwhelming way this season because we have...

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