Lionel Messi’s 2021 will be marked by fire in his career as a professional footballer. As we said on the way down, La Pulga experienced situations that he had never had to experience before: becoming champion with the Argentine National Team and leaving Barcelona to play for another club, Paris Saint-Germain. But he also went through moments that are commonplace in his career: he lifted a title with the Catalan club and was recognized with the Ballon d’Or as the best player of the season. Next, let’s review the numbers and all these unforgettable events in the year of Leo, which officially ended with the 1-1 draw between PSG and Lorient, for Ligue 1.
Messi, champion in the Argentina National Team of the Copa América 2021
At 34, it was given. A lifetime wanting it and finally it came: Leo Messi raised a glass with Argentina. Accustomed to lifting titles in Barcelona, he always got away with the Albiceleste. But 2021 was the year, the Copa América in Brazil was the lucky one. “I needed to get the thorn out of getting something with the National Team. Many times I had had to leave sad and I knew it was going to happen. There is no better moment than this, ”he stated at the Maracana after becoming champion and best player in the tournament.
In 2021, Messi wore the blue and white 17 times: he needed seven to achieve glory in Brazil after 28 years of national drought. In total, he scored nine goals: four in the Cup and five in the Playoffs, where four dates from the end the qualification for the World Cup in Qatar was achieved.
Messi and his departure from Barcelona after 20 years at the club
Leo arrived at the Blaugrana at the age of 13 and it seemed that he would stay for a lifetime. But a shock made him change course and ended up leaving the institution where he was king. During this 2021, Messi spent the first semester in Spain. With Ronald Koeman as manager, he played 29 games and scored 28 goals. He was only absent in four games: two due to injury and two due to suspension.
He could not win La Liga or the Champions League, but he did extend his record with the Copa del Rey: a 4-0 double in the final against Athletic Bilbao. Then came the end of his contract and the sad farewell at a press conference: “I did everything possible to stay and it couldn’t,” he said at the time.
Messi brought his goals and assists to PSG
After being released in Barcelona, the club that was able to arrange his arrival was the billionaire Paris Saint-Germain, full of stars and friends, such as Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María. There, a new era began.
However, he still could not demonstrate everything he is capable of as a result of the summons to the Argentine National Team and the occasional physical discomfort that forced him to rest. He barely played 16 games and scored 6 goals: one in Ligue 1 (his team is the leader alone) and five in the Champions League, where he will face Real Madrid in the round of 16.
Messi won the Ballon d’Or 2021
La Pulga closed his 2021 being awarded once again with the Balloon of Gold, the prize to the best player of the world in the year. It is the seventh that it places in its opulent showcases, but this time it was special, since the thorn of being champion with the Argentina National Team of the Copa América 2021 was removed.
“Several times I had to win this award and I always had the feeling that something was missing, that I had a thorn in hand and this year it was the opposite, I was able to achieve the dream I wanted so much, after having fought many years, of having had many stumbles, in the end it came and the prize is largely due to what we did in the Copa América ”, he expressed on stage with the ball in hand.
Lionel Messi’s numbers in 2021: Argentina, Barcelona and PSG
- 62 games played
- 42 goals scored
- 19 assists performed
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SOURCE: TyC Sports.