In an interview with France Football, Barcelona legend and Paris Saint-Germain’s marquee signing Lionel Messi revealed the candidates he will be voting for, for this year’s Ballon d’Or award. Although the 34-year-old gave preference to his club teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Messi did go on to acknowledge the impressive campaign Lewandowski has had so far.
“Of course I have two players in my team that I would vote for: Ney and Kylian”, said the 34-year old (as captured by Sport Bild). “After that, there are players at individual level who have played a great season, like Lewandowski. There is also Karim Benzema, who has been outstanding.”
The Argentina captain, however, thinks that titles could be the deciding factor in determining the winner.
What a year. What a player. @lewy_official = pic.twitter.com/bgpsuI7w0H— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) October 9, 2021
“At the end of the day, the titles also carry a lot of weight, whether you won the Champions League, the European Championships, or the Copa America,” claimed Messi.
While winning the Copa America was probably a momentous accomplishment for Messi, it remains to be seen if one should really consider achievements at international football level while voting for Ballon d’Or.