Wednesday Dec 01, 2021. 15:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed shock that Egyptian star Mohamed Salah was not higher in the Ballon d’Or voting.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi saw off competition from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to win the coveted prize on Monday.
Messi claimed a first Copa America title with Argentina during the year, was top scorer in La Liga for the 2020-21 season, and helped the Catalan side win the Copa del Rey.
It was Messi’s record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or win, though many pundits felt that either Lewandowski (who finished second) or Salah (who came home in sixth) would have been more worthy winners.
On Salah and Lewandowski’s placing, Klopp told reporters: “Yes, I was to be honest. But it is not in my hands.
“Is the Ballon d’Or a journalists vote? Then yeah, don’t ask me, it’s your fault! If you think he should be higher up, then you should convince your colleagues.
“You can give it to Lionel Messi for the career he has had, all these kind of things, but then don’t give it to Robert Lewandowski this time – so it’s quite tricky to win it at all. Mo definitely should have been higher up.”
Salah will look to help the Reds claim a Merseyside derby victory when they face Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.