PSG Star Lionel Messi Snubs Jorginho for Karim Benzema As Ballon d’Or Vote Choice

Published 10/10/2021, 8:21 AM EDT
TOPSHOT – Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi attends his first training session at the Camp des Loges Paris Saint-Germain football club’s training ground in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on august 13, 2021. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)


When Lionel Messi left Barcelona for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, the world was stunned. While the reasons for his departure were extraordinary, the prospect of seeing Messi play for a team other than Barcelona was an incredible one for soccer fans.

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Messi recently gave his first full-length interview with France Football as a PSG player. There he spoke about an array of topics, including who he thinks are the favorites to win the Ballon D’or and why he feels he won’t win the trophy this year.

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PSG star Lionel Messi believes he is not “the favorite” for Ballon D’or this year

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The 6-time Ballon D’or winner straight up revealed to France Football that he hates calling himself the favorite to win before the results. “I don’t think I’m the favorite and I’ve never liked talking about it until the result is in,” Messi said.

Despite that, Messi did admit that he’d had an incredible summer and he would not mind another win. “It would be great to win another one, it’s already amazing to be the only player to have won six. A seventh would be incredible. This past summer I won a trophy that was missing in the Copa América and that was the pinnacle for me. If I go on to win another Ballon d’Or, I’ll be very happy and very grateful, but I’m not thinking about it.”

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Lionel Messi snubs Jorginho and CR7 for Benzema as Ballon D’or favorite

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As the talk progressed, the former Barcelona captain was quipped about whom he will vote for the Ballon d’Or. While he named the usual suspects like Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Mbappe, the PSG talisman surprisingly snubbed Jorginho and Cristiano Ronaldo. He instead picked Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema over them.

“In my team, there are at least two players for whom I’ll vote in Kylian and Ney. Then Lewandowski, who has had a great year. But there’s also Benzema. We know that trophies are important now. The Champions League, the European Championship, and the Copa América always weigh heavily in the vote.”

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What do you think about Messi’s picks? Who do you think will the Ballon D’or this year? Let us know!

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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