Messi dropped out of the Ballon d'Or race


Lionel Messi has been scoring goals after goals in Spanish La Liga this season.  But those goals may not bring him the Ballon d'Or this time.  The reason may be party failure.

Barcelona have already been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, the most important competition for the Ballon d'Or.  And with the departure from the Champions League, the chances of Lionel Messi getting the Ballon d'Or this time have decreased a lot.

They are not in good condition in La Liga either.  Despite being number two on the points table, they are six points behind Atletico Madrid.