Who is the God of football in 2021?
Who is the God of Football in 2021?
2021 brought with it the promise of returning football to the fans. This year, unlike the last one, has gone on without any breaks and pauses in between despite Covid-19 still raging on. Footballing Associations have done well to keep football alive and well, but more than most, it’s footballers themselves that have lit the lives of millions during such tough times. And here, Alley Sport argues which three of them are in contention to be called the God of Football in 2021
Is Lionel Messi the God of Football in 2021?
Lionel Messi is a machine that does not stop. The Argentine superstar kept the pace for Barcelona and was by far their best performer throughout the calendar year. While the Catalan giants did not win the La Liga or UEFA Champions League, that was due to no fault of Lionel Messi. He was outstanding in almost every single game he played.
Now at PSG, the 34-year-old has a new challenge in front of him. The Superstar will be playing in an easier league with inferior opponents, which is not a harsh assessment of the competition considering the unimaginable spending PSG have done to assemble a super squad. He will only enhance his legacy in France and has also won the Copa America to further cement his status as the true god of football in 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo has lost his place as the God of Football in 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a tough calendar year. Personally, he was still bagging goals. But the quality of the goals have reduced and Ronaldo’s age is starting to show. He is no longer as quick or agile, and despite his best efforts, Juventus lost the Serie A for the first time in 9 years. Ronaldo wasn’t decisive enough for the team in games that mattered.
Juventus faltered in the UCL while Portugal were woeful in the UEFA Euros. Ronaldo has largely fed off tap ins and penalty kicks. He might be a useful player in a team to get goals but there is no way that he is the same Ronaldo of yesteryear. Messi has aged far more gracefully than his Portuguese counterpart in that regard.
The UEFA Player of the Year Jorginho
Jorginho has won, rather shockingly we must add, the UEFA Player of the Award. It is almost unthinkable to include Jorginho in this conversation but the hype around him due to Chelsea and Italy’s success this season makes it important to address why he is not at the level of players like Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski.
Any player that isn’t scoring, creating goals, or playing an active part in a team’s defence should be nowhere near an individual sporting award. Not to say that his role isn’t important, but it’s far more docile and risk-free than other positions on the pitch. Jorginho has failed to stand out in any big game and it is laughable if one thinks he can stand at the same level as Messi, Virgil van Dijk, or Robert Lewandowski.
Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool centre-back, is by far the best defender our generation has seen. The Rolls Royce of a player has no weaknesses in his game and despite being out for most of this year with injury, still has a lot of months to cement his status as the god of football in 2021. Robert Lewandowski can also build on a good year at Bayern Munich, but it remains to be seen where he ends up at the end of this transfer window.
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