Rivaldo: Messi deserved his seventh Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi made history by becoming the first player to ever win seven Ballon d’Or awards and although some people have disagreed with the outcome, Rivaldo thinks that it was the right decision.

The PSG forward edged out Robert Lewandowski by 33 points and Rivaldo told Betfair there wasn’t much between them this year.

“Both would have been a deserving winner but only one player can win and I back Messi.”

Messi led Argentina to their first international trophy in over 20 years, whilst finishing with the most goals, assists and the player of the tournament award.

“He deserved the award based on his performances for Argentina as they won the Copa America – a trophy they have coveted for many years – and he was the best player of the tournament,”

“There will always be arguments about the Ballon D’or, as there are so many voters from all over the world and there is so much footballing talent around. I could have made the case for Karim Benzema, along with Lewandowski and Messi, but in the end the award must go to one player.”

Rivaldo also recognised the excellent year that Jorginho has had for Chelsea and Italy, but said the Ballon d’Or will always favour attacking players.

“Third placed Jorginho had a dream season, winning Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea, and Euro 2020 with Italy, so he was another player fighting for this individual trophy.

“But he is a defensive midfielder and the award tends to favour attacking players. Ending the year as the third best player in the world, however, is a reason for the Italian to feel very proud of himself.”

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