Paris Saint-Germain famous person Lionel Messi has, on Friday night, supplied an perception into his deliberate voting technique for this 12 months’s Ballon d’Or award.
Bruno & Pedri amongst candidates
The topic of the Ballon d’Or – extensively thought to be world soccer’s most prestigious particular person prize – has in fact taken centre stage on-line in the present day.
This comes with France Soccer having unveiled their shortlist of 30 nominees, forward of subsequent month’s highly-anticipated ceremony.
The same old big-hitters had been all current, together with the 2 most profitable gamers within the accolade’s historical past – Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – together with Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Erling Haaland, and one other earlier winner – Luka Modric.
Additionally honoured with inclusions had been Barcelona sensation Pedri, Italian Euro 2020 winners Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, and even Simon Kjaer, owing to his heroic response to Christian Eriksen’s scary cardiac arrest through the summer season:
Lewandowski, Salah, Jorginho, Azpilicueta, Lukaku, Ronaldo, Foden, Gerard Moreno, Mbappe, Suarez, De Bruyne, Dias, Kjaer, Neymar, Lautaro Martinez, Messi, Pedri, Chiellini, Bruno Fernandes, Modric, Mahrez, Haaland, Kante, Mount, Bonucci, Donnarumma, Kane, Benzema, Barella, Sterling
— France Soccer #BallondOr (@francefootball) October 8, 2021
‘Two I’ll simply vote for’
As issues stand, it’s in fact Lionel Messi who’s considered because the bookmakers‘ front-runner to bag a historic seventh Ballon d’Or crown, on the again of an extended overdue Copa America triumph with Argentina.
As outlined above, although, on Friday, the 34-year-old has supplied an perception into who he himself intends to vote for, for the award.
Talking to France Soccer (as cited by Objective France), Messi unsurprisingly confirmed his plans to place forth the names of Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
However the Argentine famous person was not carried out there, occurring to trace that he’s additionally considering the stellar efforts of each Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema this calendar 12 months:
‘In my staff (PSG), there are two that I’ll simply vote for – Ney and Kylian.’
‘After which, Robert Lewandowski, who has had an important 12 months. There may be additionally Karim Benzema, who was glorious.’
‘We all know that titles are essential, too.’
— Objective France 🇫🇷 (@GoalFrance) October 8, 2021