Why Lionel Messi Should Win This Prestigious Award

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi could soon make more room in his trophy cabinet.

Messi sure is the current favorite to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or award, and one could place a bet on top sports betting apps. He bolstered his resume for the honor at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where he led the Argentina national team to triumph, and he chipped in with 10 goal contributions.

Messi is also a serious contender for the 2022-2023 UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year honor, which is awarded every year to the top player in France’s top flight. Kylian Mbappe, who is a three-time winner of this award, took home last year’s honor after he led Ligue 1 in goals with 28 over 35 matches played.

Messi should go on to win this year’s Ligue 1 Player of the Year award.

The Argentine forward has been a standout performer for the reigning Ligue 1 champions in league play this season. He currently leads all players in Ligue 1 in goal contributions with an astounding 30; he has logged 15 goals and 15 assists.

Messi’s stout goal contributions figure in Ligue 1 this season is not an empty stat. He has upped his play in multiple must-win fixtures for the Ligue 1 powerhouse, including in its convincing 3-0 away win over Olympique de Marseille in February, where he scored one goal and recorded a pair of assists. He has also scored pivotal goals against the likes of Olympique Lyonnais and RC Lens.

Messi’s grand success in Ligue 1 this season can be credited to multiple factors, including his growing adaption to the team.

“Yes, it’s true that I feel very well,” Messi told PSG TV in February. “The first year, I needed a little time to adapt to Paris for different reasons, but I started this season really differently, with a lot of desire.

“I feel more comfortable with the club, with the city, with everything that Paris means. And the truth is that I am really enjoying this season.”

In the big picture, Messi is well accustomed to winning Player of the Season honors. He won six La Liga Best Player honors during his run at Barcelona.

Multiple players have orchestrated sound seasons in Ligue 1 so far this year, from Mbappe to Lille OSC forward Jonathan David. Nonetheless, Messi is much deserving of winning the 2022-2023 UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. Not many Ligue 1 teams have had much of an answer for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner as of late.

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