Lionel Messi laid his hands on the seventh Ballon d’Or for just over a day, yet he’s already decided where he’ll keep his latest honor.
Messi controversially outperformed Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on Monday night – the Paris Saint-Germain man garnered the most votes after a year in which he finally won a trophy on the international stage with Argentina.
And now, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Messi has decided to send his latest Ballon d’Or to Barcelona to display in the club’s museum – where his previous six are kept.
While Messi’s biggest achievement in 2021 was to finally lift the titles with Argentina by winning the Copa America, he also won the King’s Cup as his last title with Barcelona.
He left after the cash-strapped Spanish side could not offer him a contract extension.
In his winning speech on Monday, Messi praised Lewandowski – who won the award for best striker of the year – and said he deserved to win the rescinded 2020 Ballon d’Or.
Messi said: Robert, you deserve the Ballon d’Or. Last year, everyone agreed to say that you were the biggest winner of this award.
We hope that France Football will give you the Ballon d’Or 2020. We all think you deserve it and I hope you get it at home.
And Lewandowski was generous in the defeat, saying on Twitter: “Congratulations to Leo Messi. Congratulations also to all the nominated players! You won the Player of the Year award and no player can win an individual award without the strongest team and loyal fans behind it. thanks for your support.’
Source: Daily Mail