Lionel Messi gave his honest opinion on this year’s Ballon d’Or in an interview on November 1st, characterizing the likelihood of winning the award for a seventh time as “crazy.”
Despite playing for a mediocre Barcelona team last season, Messi scored goals and led Argentina to a long-awaited Copa America victory in the summer.
He won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot titles last season, and despite not lighting up the world in his new surroundings at Paris Saint-Germain, the 34-year-old is the favorite to win the honor again this season.
However, Messi isn’t confident in his chances of being voted the winner by France Football and isn’t concerned if he doesn’t win.
According to The Mirror, Messi stated in a wide-ranging interview with SPORT, “If I’m honest, I don’t think so [he can win it].”
“What I was able to do with the national team was my greatest prize. It was the best for all it cost after having fought and fought for that success.
“If the golden ball appears, it will be incredible because it will mean winning yet another game. The seventh would be completely insane. Nothing happens if.
“One of my major objectives has already been met. I’m overjoyed at what transpired, and I’m relieved that whatever needs to happen now will.”
Messi last won the Ballon d’Or in 2019, and he has already spoken about the tough competition for the trophy this year, including teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as well as Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema.
“I will easily vote for two players in my team: Neymar and Kylian Mbappé,” Messi told France Football.
“Then there’s Robert Lewandowski, who’s had a fantastic year, and Karim Benzema, who was outstanding.”
The Ballon d’Or, which was originally awarded in 1956, is voted on by football writers, coaches, and national team captains.
The winner of the 2021 edition will be announced on November 29 at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris.