Xavi Hernández speaks on Lionel Messi winning Ballon d’Or for the 7th time over other deserving players

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Xavi Hernandez, head coach of FC Barcelona follows the action during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica on November 27, 2021 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or. This was the result of finally winning a tournament with Argentina. Lionel Messi also won the Copa del Rey and was La Liga’s top scorer. Many think the Ballon d’Or was wrongfully given. But Xavi Hernández speaks out about his ex-teammate winning the Ballon d’Or once again.

“Messi’s win is footballing justice. We can also think that others might deserve it, but the moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it, then it’s fair.”

Xavi Hernández

Lionel Messi causes a war in the media by winning the prestigious prize. Robert Lewandowski was the only other player close to winning the award. But many think that Robert Lewandowski was the clear winner. However, France Football created a new award for the best striker of the year in soccer, given to Robert Lewandowski instead.

Lionel Messi’s case for winning Ballon d’Or

Although some think that Lionel Messi isn’t deserving of the Ballon d’Or, he still has the accomplishments to prove he deserves it. After a 28-year trophyless drought, Argentina finally wins a trophy. This time the Copa America in which Lionel Messi finishes the tournament as the player of the tournament. He also completed the tournament with five assists and created 21 chances for his team, the most out of anyone in the tournament. Lionel Messi also found the back of the net four times, resulting in him being the tournament’s top scorer.

Lionel Messi needed one thing to be able to retire comfortably: finding silverware with Argentina. He has already been a part of a squad that lost three Copa America finals and a World Cup final. It is safe to say that this win with Argentina against Brazil, on Brazilian grounds, was the main reason as to why he won his seventh Ballon d’Or.

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