Ballon d'Or: 3 reasons why Lionel Messi is already the firm favourite to win the award
We are slowly progressing towards the business end of another season European football. Most clubs will be looking to give their best and secure a major silverware if they are in a position to get one. The UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals draw is done as we look forward to another entertaining end to the campaign.
It goes without saying that last year was Luka Modric's year. The Golden Ball winner brought an end to the Ballon d'Or duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he helped Croatia reach the World Cup Final and played a major role in Real Madrid's Champions League glory.
But it seems quite likely that we will see a more familiar face winning the award as Lionel Messi is enjoying another historic season. The Argentine failed to make the podium and ended up being the 5th best player in the world.
However, since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the Argentine genius has proved himself to be miles beyond anyone else with his exploits. Football remains unpredictable as ever but there is no doubt that if he continues his form, he will end up winning the most coveted individual trophy in the world.
Without further ado, let us evaluate three reasons why the Barcelona star is already ahead of anyone else in the race for Ballon d'Or.
#1 Staggering statistics
The 31-year-old Argentine is the highest scorer in Europe with a massive 39 goals in all competitions already. Messi also leads the race for European Golden Boot, having scored more than anyone else in Europe's top five leagues.
He is the highest scorer of LaLiga with 29 goals and the joint highest scorer of Champions League with 8 goals, What is more amazing that he leads the charts in assists as well, 14 of them coming in the Spanish League.
Simply put, there is no one even close to matching Lionel Messi's staggering numbers this season. He is not only ahead but leading the race by a couple of miles in the current campaign so far.