Lothar Matthaeus criticized the choice of Lionel Messi as the winner of the 2023 Ballon d’Or. According to the former winner of this award, there was a better candidate to win. Legend called the decision a “farce.”
Lionel Messi won his eighth Ballon d’Or at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris. The Argentine is the absolute record holder of the “France Football” plebiscite. With this year’s triumph, the former FC Barcelona and PSG player overtook his main rival – Cristiano Ronaldo, who collected five statuettes during his career.
Legend after the Ballon d’Or results: This choice is a farce
The decision to choose Leo Messi may be explained by Argentina’s triumph at the World Cup in Qatar, during which the 36-year-old scored seven goals and made three assists. This decision did not please the legendary footballer Lothar Matthaeus, who had previously won the Ballon d’Or in 1990.
– Throughout last year, Haaland performed better than Messi. This victory for Messi is undeserved. But it shows that the world championship counts more than anything else. For me, Haaland is the best player of the last twelve months. During this time, Manchester City won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, and broke goalscoring records in the process. This choice is a farce, even though I am a Messi fan, he said in an interview with sport.sky.de.
Last season, Erling Haaland scored 52 goals in 53 matches. In the “France Football” plebiscite, he took second place, behind the Argentine star. At the Ballon d’Or Gala, the Norwegian won the award. Gerd Mueller for exceptional effectiveness in the past year. During the gala, an award was also presented to them. Raymond Kopa for the best young player, which went to Jude Bellingham. Award named after Vinicius Jr. received the Socrates Award for his involvement in charitable and social activities. And the award named after Emiliano Martinez received the legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
Robert Lewandowski dropped out of the top ten and took 12th place in this ranking. The striker didn’t even attend the awards ceremony on Monday evening. Journalist Victor Navarro announced Lewandowski’s absence in Paris, revealing the composition of the FC Barcelona delegation.