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5 reasons why Messi could never win the Ballon d’Or again

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FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012
Messi lifting the Ballon d'Or in 2012

Alright, so most of you reading this are perhaps already mad at me. And you are right to be. After all, Lionel Messi is perhaps the greatest player of all time—at least the most brutally efficient player I have ever seen.

When he runs with the ball at full pace, brushing off defenders like they were fallen dandruff on his shoulders, it feels like an eternity has conjured itself into a football to be at the feet of the divine Argentine—such is the ability of the Barcelona star.

In his career, he has won 5 Ballon d’Ors—joint-most with Cristiano Ronaldo—and has won everything there is to win with the Catalans. However, there is a chance that he won’t win the Ballon d’Or anymore. Even though it is highly, highly unlikely that Messi won’t win the Ballon d’Or again, here are 5 reasons why he MAY never win it again.

Disclaimer: This is only a hypothesis about why he MAY not win it, rather than stating it is a fact. 

#5 Sudden age catch-up

Real Madrid CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga
Messi will be turning 31 this year

Age is something that always catches up with players. No matter how good a player is, the damned wings of time fly everything towards the arms of nihil. No-one is above and beyond that, not even the God-like stature of Lionel Messi.

The Argentine is 30 years-old now and will be 31 in June. Given that 30s are the twilight years a player, there is always a chance of the former Newell’s boys finding himself gutted in the fangs of time. As the days go by, he will begin to lose his pace and ability to go past players at will.

His vision will remain with him, but without the awareness that made him the player that he is today, all of it wouldn’t be as great as we are accustomed to.

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