Patrice Evra reveals he’s fed up of Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or is just around the corner, meaning that much of the discourse in European football has turned to which footballer deserves the game’s greatest individual prize.

As ever, public perception over who should be named the world’s greatest player has changed as the year has progressed.

As we enter the autumn of 2021, however, several names have stayed the course; Lionel Messi, Jorginho, Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and the Copa America with Argentina before leaving Spain for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. Cristiano became the all-time top scorer in the history of international football through his exploits with Portugal.

Benzema – arguably the most in-form player in European football right now – has been superb for Real Madrid and helped France beat La Roja to win the Nations League this past weekend.

Jorginho won both the Champions League with Chelsea and Euro 2020 with Italy, while Lewandowski has been ruthlessly consistent for the all-conquering Bayern Munich. It’s a tight race.

For Patrice Evra, however, the award can’t go to Messi for a seventh time. “In my opinion, the Ballon d’Or has to go to Jorginho or [N’Golo] Kante,” he said according to Marca.

“I’m fed up that they keep giving it to Leo Messi. What are they going to tell me he did this year, win the Copa America? Well, that’s fine. But tell me what he did in the year with Barcelona.”

Evra, a left-back who enjoyed his best years with Manchester United and Juventus, lost three Champions League finals to Messi. Barcelona beat United in Rome in 2009 and London in 2011, while the Catalan club also beat Juventus in Berlin in 2015.

Tags Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Patrice Evra Real Madrid

4 Comments

  1. Kalyan says:

    “What has he done with Barcelona”, you ask??

    One look at Barca this season will tell you all you want to know.

    You’re “fed up” of Leo winningthe Ballon D’or??

    I guess even Leo’s running out of storage room.

    So instead of moaning, go find a better player so we can give it to him 🤣🤣

  2. Ismail says:

    Losing 3 Champions League to Messi is enough reason he would hate to see Messi winning Balon’d Or even when it’s obvious that Messi deserves it for the 7th time.

  3. Blessing mutisi says:

    Um really sure that this time the balon D’O must go to jorgino he has done a lot winning 3

  4. Manmartog says:

    Ngolo Kante fine for his personal contribution to Chelsea success in Europe but Jorginho NO he did nothing, he was neither Chelsea nor Italy Best player in their respective success.
    Messi on the other hand won the best player of the tournament with Argentina who claimed the copa America and was also Barcelona best player last season in Spain where he finished as the highest scorer as well. So Mr Evra forget the pain of losing two finals to Messi….he is still the best

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