Lionel Messi: “I don’t think there is any doubt about who deserves the Ballon d’Or this year.”

Lionel Messi has no doubt about who should win the Ballon d’Or this year.

“I don’t think there is a single doubt about who deserves Ballon d’Or this year, it’s clear Karim Benzema had an unbelievable year,” the PSG forward said in quotes picked up by Marca via Tyc Sports.

“Benzema won the Champions League for Real Madrid, he was decisive from the round of 16 and beyond. He is an amazing player.”

The absence of Messi from the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or raised a few eyebrows when L’Equipe published this year’s list. The Argentina captain, a seven-time winner of the trophy, was omitted from the list of contenders for the first time since 2005, having won the award last year.

According to L’Equipe, the award criteria will be clarified through “individual performances” and the “decisive and impressive character of the contenders” will be taken into account, ahead of “the collective aspect and trophies won” and “the player’s class and sense of fair play.”


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