Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) supervisor Mauricio Pochettino has picked his membership’s newest summer season signing, Lionel Messi, as his favourite for the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
The 49-year-old tactician has revealed that even when PSG hadn’t signed Messi in the summertime switch window, he would nonetheless have picked the previous Barcelona celebrity.
Pochettino has additionally picked Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo to complete second and third within the 2021 Ballon d’Or rankings.
He instructed El Partidazo de Cope (by way of PSG Talks):
“The Ballon d’Or ought to go to [Lionel] Messi with none doubt. And if I didn’t coach Messi, I’d say Messi. I reply with my coronary heart. I at all times say what I really feel. On the rostrum must be [Robert] Lewandowski and Cristiano [Ronaldo].”
Regardless of a sluggish begin to his PSG profession, Lionel Messi stays one of many favorites to win the Ballon d’Or this 12 months.
The Rosario native had an impressive 2020-21 season for each Barcelona and the Argentina nationwide group. He scored 38 objectives in all competitions for the Catalan giants, serving to them win the Copa del Rey.
Moreover, the ahead lastly gained his first worldwide event with Argentina, serving to La Albiceleste carry the 2021 Copa America in the summertime. He additionally gained the High Scorer and Finest Participant awards on the event.
Lionel Messi might turn into the primary PSG participant to win the Ballon d’Or
Regardless of their big-money Qatari takeover in 2011, which noticed them signal a number of celebrity gamers, PSG nonetheless have not had any Ballon d’Or winners.
The closest a PSG participant has come to lifting the celebrated award was when Neymar Jr completed third within the 2017 Ballon d’Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Messi might turn into the primary participant from PSG to win the Ballon d’Or. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old will face robust competitors from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho.
It’s price noting that just one participant from the French league has ever gained the Ballon d’Or. That was Marseille’s Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991.
If Lionel Messi manages to win the award, it will likely be his seventh Ballon d’Or. That may take him two away from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has gained the award on 5 events.
The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony will happen in Paris on the twenty ninth of November 2021.