12/04/2021 2:51 pm | UPDATED 12/04/2021 AT 3:06 PM
Despite the criticism of some on his Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi has learned to stay detached on the subject.
Lionel messi did he deserve the Ballon d’Or? According to the 180 journalists on the France Football jury, the answer is yes. Even if, for many others, the award could have been attributed to Jorginho, Karim Benzema, or more surely Robert lewandowski, excellent with Bayern Munich for two years.
But the PSG can be reassured: criticism of his legitimacy is unlikely to reach Messi according to journalist Guilem Balague. “Does he know how his coronation made some people react on social networks? Of course, explains the Spanish journalist in a column for the Parisian. He hears what is said about him through his friends or his public relations team. But he doesn’t really care what people think of him. He is used to everyone qualifying his victories (even in years when they are indisputable) and he understands how social networks work: opinions are extreme, only the most vindictive are heard. “
Guilem Balague explains Messi has taken the habit of taking the blows off the field. “When he went to court in Barcelona for his tax fraud cases, one thing became clear to him: it was a question of persecution, possibly emanating from Madrid because of the success of FC Barcelona. So that forces you to have a tough skin. “ It is probably no coincidence that the most virulent criticisms of Messi’s Ballon d’Or come from the boss of a Madrid daily, declared Real supporter …