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Messi, a new contested election

The most beautiful goal of the group stage of the Champions League has been awarded to Lionel Messi and that does not make everyone happy …

Particularly moribund since his arrival in PSG last summer (1 goal in 10 Ligue 1 matches, 5 goals in 5 Champions League outings), Lionel messi can, at least, be satisfied with individual rewards. Elected Ballon d’Or France Football 2021, on November 29, number 30 of PSG obtained, Friday, the distinction of “goal of the group stage” in the LDC.

“La Pulga” had opened its goals counter with the Parisian formation on September 28, against Manchester City (2-0), at the Parc des Princes, with an unstoppable strike following a dazzling one-two with Kylian Mbappé. A very nice goal that does not deserve to be highlighted, as many football fans have claimed.

Lewandowski 3rd

Some have cried scandal over this new award given to the seven-time Ballon d’Or, but the choice of Messi is simply the result of a vote by Internet users on the UEFA website. The Argentine left-hander, with 22% of the vote, is well ahead of his friend Thiago Alcantara (14%), author of a magnificent strike with Liverpool, and Robert lewandowski (13%), the Polish striker who scored from a kickback.

An impressive slalom by Vinicius with Real Madrid, against Shakhtar Donetsk, and an exceptional recovery by Alex Telles at Manchester United-Villarreal perhaps deserved a little better too…

Also read: Messi, it’s hard to know what he wants

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