Six times Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi has reacted to being named in the first team of the Ballon d’Or Dream Team by France Football.
Being in the dream makes him one of the all-time best. Messi was named alongside his long time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Brazilian world cup winner, Ronaldo De Lima as the forwards.
Expressing his delight over the latest announcement, he took to his Instagram page and uploaded is six Ballon d’Or awards to appreciate France Football for the honours.
Those chosen were from the votes of 140 journalists from all around the world. Messi further noted that those who made the first second and third teams were phenomenal.
⭐After the votes of 140 journalists from all around the world, here is the #BOdreamteam with 11 best players of all time ! ⭐ pic.twitter.com/FsKAoSyGZL— France Football (@francefootball) December 14, 2020
“For me, it is an honor to have been included in the eleven of the Ballon d’Or Dream Team. I want to thank you for choosing me and also congratulate all the players who were selected in the two teams and all the nominees, there are real phenomena on that list !!,” the Barcelona captain wrote.
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It was gathered that the competition for the right forward spot was between Messi, Arjen Robben, Stanley Matthews, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Garrincha, Luis Figo, Jairzinho, Samuel Eto’o and David Beckham.
Due to his consistency that saw him win six Ballon d’Or, he was able to beat other phenomenal players to the spot.
After Messi was voted by the 140 members of the France Football international jury, he made the spot in a crazy trio in attack with the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Brazilian Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Messi has not been having a fantastic season presently. But he still showed some quality by leading Barca to a 1-0 victory over Alaves during the weekend.
Barca is currently 9 points behind the leaders, Athletico Madrid, who still has two outstanding games.
It is also hoped that his future will soon be resolved at the club as his current deal expires in June 2021.
All these could be factored into what is affecting the performance of a player, who wanted a moved away from Barca last summer but was stopped by the club and La Liga.
Messi has lacked the usual spark that has been seen in him over the years as usually carries the team. This season, he has also had the fewest of touches of the ball unlike the previous.