- Lionel Messi is probably disappointed that the 2020 edition of the Ballon d’Or ceremony was cancelled
- The Argentine has won six of the prestigious awards and would have been in contention for another one
- Statistics from Whoscored.com have it that the Argentine would have won the 2020 edition
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Lionel Messi would have scooped the 2020 Ballon d’Or if it was not cancelled according to recent ratings by popular statistics platform Whoscored.com.
Ballon d'Or will not be contested by any player in 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic for most parts of the year.
France Football who regularly holds the ceremony claim that there are lack of sufficient fair conditions to give the award to any player in all categories.
Messi has won six accolades while his rival Ronaldo has five under his belts and both superstars would have been in contention or the 2020 award if it had not been canceled.
The likes of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne would also have also been in the race for the individual trophy.
And according to match ratings from WhoScored.com, Messi was the top-performing player in all of Europe's Big Five leagues by some margin.
Check out the top ten would-be contenders for the 2020 Ballon d'Or:
1. Lionel Messi - 8.71
2. Kylian Mbappe - 8.14
3. Robert Lewandowski - 8.13
4. Cristiano Ronaldo - 7.91
5. Kevin De Bryune - 7.88
6. Angel Di Maria - 7.75
7. Dimitri Payet - 7.73
8. Josip Ilicic - 7.65
9. Jadon Sancho - 7.64
10. Timo Werner - 7.6
Legit.ng earlier reported that Senior sports writer for UK outlet SPORTbible, Jack Kenmare in his latest analysis claims that sensational Bayern Munich goal scorer Robert Lewandowski was deliberately denied the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
However, according to popular journalist Kenmare, Lewandowski who scored 51 goals in 43 appearances this season could have been robbed of the prestigious award.
He said: “The 31-year-old Polish international was, in my opinion, this year's front-runner for the award after a truly remarkable campaign in front of goal.
“Lewandowski helped his side to another Bundesliga title with 34 goals in 31 appearances, which is an average of a goal every 81 minutes.”
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