Barcelona: Messi scores incredible goal against Atletico Madrid
Lionel Messi winner against Atletico Madrid for Barcelona on Sunday night as the Catalan giants retained the lead in the La Liga title race. Barca fans are convinced that the Argentine has now done enough to win the Ballon d’Or tonight.
Messi will travel to Paris tonight in the hopes of winning his sixth ‘Golden Ball’ award.
The 32-year-old has enjoyed a terrific year for club and country,after staggeringly coming fifth in the award shortlist last year.
If he wins, it will be his first since 2015, but he will face stiff competition from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds defender is on the shortlist, and is one of the favourites to win the award – despite reports that Messi has already been told he will win.
Lionel Messi scored the winner against Atletico Madrid on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
Messi has five goals in 10 games for Argentina this year, while he guided Barca to the La Liga title last season.
The Argentine has scored nine league goals in nine games – with five assists – having recovered from a foot injury at the start of the campaign.
And he continued his goalscoring form by scoring the winner at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday night.
Messi cut inside on his favoured left foot before playing a neat one-two with Luis Suarez, before slotting into the bottom corner.
And fans were ecstatic with the goal, with many taking to Twitter to demand the star is given the Ballon d’Or.
“Messi winner vs Atlético in the last 5 mins today? Ballon d’Or tomorrow? Just another few days in the life of Lionel Messi,” one wrote.
“As bad as I want Van Dijk to win the Ballon D’or, Messi has probably won it,” another posted.
“This is why he has to win the Ballon D’Or – none of this Van Dijk nonsense,” one joked.
Lionel Messi scored a trademark goal against Atletico Madrid (Image: GETTY)
Another fan tweeted: “Not bad for messi, on Sunday night he raises the Atletico and on Monday night he raises the ball of gold.
“Messi scoring goals, hattricks, dribbling through oppenent’s defenses. Now he has scored a test 100 in Australia as well. What else he has to do to win Ballon d’or,” one joked.
Meanwhile, Van Dijk insisted that he will be happy with whatever the outcome tonight is.
“Well, I think it doesn’t matter as you said already, we’ll see,” he told Gary Lineker when asked about the Ballon d’Or.
News Source: Express.co.uk