Ballon d’ Or 2021: It’s not normal – Jean-Pierre Papin makes claim on Messi

Former France forward, Jean-Pierre Papin, has made a bold claim that Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi doesn’t deserve to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or award tonight.

According to Papin, Messi’s failure in the Champions League last season and his slow start to life at PSG make him undeserving of the Ballon d’ Or this year.

He claimed that it would not be normal if the Argentine captain wins the Ballon d’ Or ahead of players like Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho and Karim Benzema.

The 2021 Ballon d’Or ceremony takes place for the first time in two years on Monday night, with Messi the favourite to claim the men’s award for a record seventh time.

“He [Lionel Messi] has not played for five months!” Jean-Pierre Papin was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

“I saw that we were talking about him and I don’t understand, he conceded to the Parisian. Let’s add Cristiano Ronaldo also in this case. Since winning Copa America, what has Messi been doing in Paris? He scored one goal in the league, three in the Champions League.”

He added, “I have nothing, of course, against Messi, he’s one of the greatest players in history. But this year, he doesn’t deserve it.

“To elect Messi in 2021 would devalue the Ballon d’Or since that would mean that we no longer give the possibility to high-performance players to win the trophy.

“When you know how difficult it’s to perform well over an entire season, it is not normal. If we give it to Messi this year, every kid in the world can dream of having it.”

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