‘Farce Football’ – How Twitter reacted to Messi’s Ballon d’Or win

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner 30 Nov 2021 09:14 CET 7 min read
Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or 2021

Lionel Messi picked up his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday, with the Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina ace narrowly edging Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski in the voting.

Messi now stands two clear of Cristiano Ronaldo as the most decorated individual in the history of the prize, but that did not stop there being significant controversy over his achievement.

Lewandowski offered a significant challenge to Messi’s dominance of the trophy, with many having the sense that he was robbed of the award in 2020, when it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Poland striker continued his hot club form into 2021 as he helped Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga. Ultimately, though, he was eclipsed by Messi’s achievement of leading Argentina to a first major international title since 1993.

It was an issue that divided users on social media, with many taking to their keyboards and screens to voice their displeasure at the outcome of the Ballon d’Or, which is run annually by France Football.

Of course, there were plenty of users who backed the decision to give Messi the prize.

But there were even some backing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who finished fourth, for the prize.