Iker Casillas criticises Ballon d’Or after Lionel Messi claims seventh award

Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has criticised the latest Ballon d’Or awards.

PSG superstar Lionel Messi claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night having finished last season as La Liga’s top scorer before going on to win Copa Ámerica with Argentina.

Messi was always favourite to win the award, but second placed Robert Lewandowski can feel hard done by after scoring more than 40 Bundesliga goals last season.

And it seems former Real Madrid stopper Casillas is also unhappy that Messi was given the award again.

He tweeted: “Each time it’s harder to believe in these football awards.

“For me, Messi is one of the fie best players in the whole history of football, but we have to start knowing who stands out most in a season.

“It is not that damn hard. Others make it difficult.”

The awards are given out based on votes from football journalists, ranking the 30 footballers in order.

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho finished in third, despite winning Euro 2020 and the Champions League last season, and playing a pivotal role in both titles.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema finished in fourth after the best scoring season of his career, though he was certainly outperformed by Lewandowski and was never likely to win it.

Tags Ballon d'Or FC Barcelona Iker Casillas Karim Benzema Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski

16 Comments

  1. An honest fan says:

    In 2018, Messi was leading in every aspect of the game, goals, assists, playmaking etc. 78 goal contributions. He finished 5th. No one cared, in fact, they thought Ronaldo was robbed, despite having 20 goal contributions less than Messi.
    2 years later, when Messi succeeds in the international stage, the criteria must change. “Stats over trophies.” Where were these people in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018?

    1. Random Reader says:

      I completely agree. All of a sudden team performance does not matter? Even that aside, other than goals scored, Messi literally leads Lewandowski is every possible attacking statistic. People saying Messi did not deserve to win are being silly in my opinion.

    2. Jay says:

      Calling hateorade when it comes to Messi. European players n ex European players only want European players to win those awards .

      1. James M Morris says:

        Lionel messi deserves the balloon d or this time and the decision taken by electrics was very wise enough. Ronaldo was awarded the the balloon d or after Portugal national team won the the euro 2016, where he never even spent 10 minutes in the game. Back in 2018, when messi stood above all other players in Europe when it comes to record, what happened, they intentionally left him out of the whole process and nominated players who could not match his performance that with the intention of giving it to failed Lucas Modric of real madrid who could not even proved himself as a world best footballer.
        If they like let them perish and go to hell.

    3. Daniel Aransi says:

      Exactly

  2. KHALIF GODWAY says:

    It’s a shame ballon d’or lost it value. Messi don’t deserved this year award. France Football is corrupt and all these journalists doesn’t watch Bundesliga matches. It right time fans start voting.

    1. Cristian R. says:

      Double victory! Messi’s 7th + sour tears from Madrid.

      After being thrown out like a bad tooth, Casillas is what now, cleaning Porto’s locker room? No wonder he has time to give unsolicited opinions.

      And Kroos, one of the most vapid footballers ever, who’s few titles with madrid were offered on a plate by refs… He is the main reason behind Germany’s shameful display at the Euro 2020; Lowe chose to play Kroos in the CM position and exiled Kimmich to the right, as a result Germany failed to create chances and left the tournament the Kroos way: vapid.

    2. Danny says:

      Had been Messi is your relatives you wouldn’t criticize him.. Stop weed bro..

  3. John Paco says:

    This france football are very corrupted, to be honest

  4. Monday achema says:

    Favouritism in fifa ranking

    1. Lei says:

      Back in 2010, Xavi should’ve won it. There are many seasons when Messi and Ronaldo won it, but realistically someone else was better.

  5. Godspower says:

    Casillas are you not ashamed of yourself with kroos and every other person that said messi don’t deserve it when Ronaldo won Euro without any other major thing he won the ballon d’or why is it that when messi wins it right you all becomes against him this is ballon d’or 2021 not 2020 when it was supposed to be Lewandowski and it’s not messi fault that covid come through Lewandowski turn or do you expect messi own 2021 to be given to Lewandowski who was the best 2020.

  6. Liviu says:

    Some people forget that Messi is not only a great scorer, but an exceptional creator of goals, while Lewandowski is a great scorer! And that makes the big difference!

  7. Liviu says:

    And, by the way, Casillas, I don’t forget how hateful you were when playing at Madrid, Messi made a joke of you as goalie and your defense scoring tons of goals while you were looking a helpless loser!

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  9. Iyke john says:

    That’s to tell you how incompetent UEFA is if Messi is said to be the winner…. Then something is very wrong with the system and all UEFA executive should resign…. … how many times would you deny well deserved players what’s theirs…. Corrupt UEFA & it’s system 🖕

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