Julian Alvarez has voiced his support for his national captain, Lionel Messi, in the Ballon d’Or race over his Manchester City teammate Erling Haaland. While both players have been impressive, Alvarez believes Messi deserves the honor more, mainly due to his World Cup achievements. He echoed Pep Guardiola’s sentiment of splitting the award into two categories.
During the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Alvarez commended Messi’s incredible season and his standout performance at the FIFA World Cup. He suggested that two trophies should be awarded, one for Messi and another for the rest of the players, emphasizing Messi’s exceptional year:
“I agree with what Pep said: they should give one for Messi and another for the rest. Leo had an amazing season, won a World Cup while being the best player, he deserves to win it.”
Alvarez also played a pivotal role for Argentina during the World Cup, scoring four goals in seven matches.
Pep Guardiola previously expressed similar sentiments, stating that both Messi and Haaland deserve the Ballon d’Or this year. He advocated for two categories, one for Messi and one for the second-best player. Guardiola acknowledged Messi’s incredible achievements, emphasizing that it would be fair for Haaland to win, but Messi’s World Cup victory tipped the scale in his favor.
As reports suggest, Lionel Messi is set to secure his record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or at the ceremony in Paris. This recognition further cements his status as one of the greatest footballers of all time.