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Lionel Messi worthy of seventh Ballon d’Or victory, says Xavi

Paris St Germain forward Messi beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea's Jorginho to lift the prestigious award.

By: Reuters | Barcelona |
December 4, 2021 1:05:22 pm
Ballon d'Or 2021, Ballon d'Or 2021 WinnersBallon d'Or 2021 Awards: Lionel Messi reacts after winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy during the 65th Ballon d'Or ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Messi won the Ballon d'Or for seventh time. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said former teammate Lionel Messi deserved his Ballon d’Or win, describing the Argentine’s record-extending seventh victory as “total justice.”

Paris St Germain forward Messi, 34, beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho to lift the prestigious award after winning the Copa America for the first time with Argentina in July.

“I think it’s football justice. He is the best footballer in the world, and the best of all time. And he deserves this seventh award. No doubt about it,” Xavi said.

“We may think that maybe Lewandowski also deserved it, or other players, but this is the same debate every year… The moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it, then it’s fair.”

Barcelona, seventh in LaLiga with 23 points, host fifth-placed Real Betis on Saturday.

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