Lothar Matthäus described as “farce" the awarding of the Ballon d'Or to Leo Messithe eighth in the Argentine footballer's career, and defended that the Norwegian Erling Haaland He should have been the winner of the award because he "performed better" than the Inter Miami forward.
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"All last year, Haaland performed better than Messi. It is undeserved that Messi has won. For me there is no way to avoid Haaland. The chose thats falsealthough I am a fan of Messi," he told the channel Sky about the award given by the magazine France Football.
The Argentine, 36, received the award on Monday night at a ceremony in Paris, winning the vote ahead of Haaland, of Manchester City, and Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, of Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Matthäus, the reelection of Messi As the best player in the world, he demonstrates "that a World Cup counts more than anything else", referring to the World Cup won by Argentina in Qatar 2022.
"For me, Haaland is the best player of the last twelve months, who has won important titles with Manchester City - Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup - and has broken goals records in the process," listed the German, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1990.
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