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Hiku said:
SecondWar said:

At this stage, Messi is on course to get a winners medal and the golden boot. Would you bet against him getting the golden ball as well? I wouldn’t.

If Argentina win, Messi could miss every shot in CL and he would still get it.
Because 1.) statistically he's had one of the best starts to his club season ever (club play went on break with Messi being the only player to have both double digit goals and assists, iirc), even before the WC started, and 2.) remember how much Copa America weighed when he won in 2021. Not only winning the WC, but arguably being the best player at the WC as well, the 8th Ballon D'or would be all but guaranteed.

You misunderstood what I meant, but given Ballon D’or mean Golden Ball I can see how I caused it.

I meant the Golden Ball that Fifa award for the best player at the World Cup tournament, not the annual Ballon D’Or award.