Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has tipped Argentine celebrity Lionel Messi to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.
The Frenchman on Sunday took to his social media deal with to congratulate Messi forward of the award ceremony billed for Monday.
“Congratulations to @leomessi for winning another Ballon d’Or,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of him and the Paris Saint Germain star who moved to France this summer season.
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‘Lewy Has To Win’
Evra’s remark has added to the debates over who deserves the 2021 Ballon d’Or prize which might be Messi’s seventh if he wins it.
German’s Thomas Mueller had earlier backed his Bayern teammate Roberto Lewandowski to take the award after the Pole scooped the FIFA males’s participant of the 12 months in 2020.
“‘Lewy’ has to win the thing on Monday when you see the way he is playing at the moment,” Mueller stated Saturday after a 1-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld which stored Bayern prime of the Bundesliga.
“There is no one playing so consistently at the moment for club and country. There is no need to even talk about it.”
His coach Julian Nagelsmann advised Munich newspaper Abendzeitung final month that the participant, who shattered a Bundesliga file 41 objectives in simply 29 video games final season to eclipse the long-standing mark set by the late Gerd Mueller, will win the prize.
“Robert deserves to win it because in my view he has been more unbelievably consistent than any other player,” he stated.
Lewandowski, aiming for his first Ballon d’Or, has scored 30 objectives this season — 25 for Bayern in 20 video games in all competitions and 5 in six matches for Poland.
He faces a troublesome activity forward as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have mixed to win 11 of the previous 12 editions of the Ballon d’Or, the lone exception in 2018 when Luka Modric helped Real Madrid to a different Champions League triumph and impressed Croatia to the World Cup remaining.