Lionel Messi has apparently been confirmed as the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or, and he is aware of the news.

Messi will receive the iconic Golden Ball during this year’s ceremony in Paris on November 29th, according to RTP Sports. This will be Messi’s record-extending seventh Golden Ball.

The 34-year-old beat over long-time adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, Erling Haaland, and Robert Lewandowski for probably the most coveted individual trophy in international football, in an interview with France Football magazine.

Messi now has five Golden Balls, two more than Ronaldo, and four more than Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff, and Marco van Basten, all of whom have won the trophy three times apiece.

The predicted award for Messi ensures that his and Ronaldo’s Golden Ball supremacy will stretch at least another year, with Luka Modric the only other player to win the trophy in the last 12 years – omitting 2020, when the prize was not given because to the pandemic.

The Argentine had another fantastic year after leading his team to a Copa America victory – his first international trophy – and scoring 30 goals for Barcelona in La Liga the previous season.

After being unable to negotiate a new contract with Barcelona due to “financial and structural problems,” he made a surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Messi has yet to score in Ligue 1 for PSG, but he has scored three times in three Champions League outings this season.

He produced an excellent individual goal against Manchester City and then added a brace in a 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig.

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