Thursday Dec 02, 2021. 10:00
Cameroonian football icon Samuel Eto’o strongly believes that Lionel Messi deserved to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or.
The Argentine superstar’s win generated mixed reactions as he pipped Bayern Munich marksman Robert Lewandowski to the crown.
While Chelsea FC midfield maestro Jorginho and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema finished in the third and fourth spots respectively.
Messi captained Argentina to Copa America glory and he also won the Copa del Rey with Spanish football powerhouse FC Barcelona in 2021.
“Soccer is opinions. I remember in 2010, many thought that others had to win it,” Eto’o told AS.
“For us, it is fair that Leo wins because he is the best player in the world and when you are the best you have to win every day. I have the privilege of being one of your friends.
“People say that I am not objective, but Leo deserves everything that is beautiful in this world, so I am happy for him, for what he has contributed, what he contributes and what he is going to contribute. Now that he has the seventh I hope the eighth comes.”
Eto’o and Messi were teammates at Barcelona between 2004, and 2009 and they enjoyed a lot of success together.
Messi is the only player who has won the Ballon d’Or seven times and he is considered by some as the greatest footballer of all-time.
“Benzema and Lewandowski obviously deserved it. Mbappe deserved it, Kante deserved it, Jorginho deserved it,” he continued.
“But football is like that. Many of us think that we could be considered for the Ballon d’Or, but then there are people who are there to choose and we have to respect it. They have thought, like me, that Leo is the best and that he has to win.”