Lionel Messi’s victory in the Ballon d’Or was generally well perceived in the world of football, so much so that even Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, his two main competitors for the award publicly congratulated him on social networks. However, there are always exceptions to the rule and some detractors began to appear this Tuesday, October 31.
One of them, and the most resonant of all, was Cristiano Ronaldo, who liked and commented with laughing emojis on a post with some statements by Spanish journalist Tomás Roncero ensured that Messi did not deserve this Ballon d’Or nor any others in last. In fact, the Portuguese played a match with AI-Nassr today, and the fans of the rival team shouted for Leo, to which CR7 responded by putting his finger to his mouth asking for silence.
Now, another emblem of the world of football also came out to criticize the consecration of the Argentine captain. This is Lothar Matthaus, a former German midfielder who knows what it means to win a World Cup and a Ballon d’Or. In the last hours, the German stated: “Throughout last year, Haaland performed better than Messi. It is undeserved that Messi has won. The election is a farce, although I am a Messi fan.”
These words quickly went around the world and thousands of Lionel’s fans disowned him. However, one of those who generated the most noise was Angel Di Maria, who responded through a comment on the Olé newspaper’s post. “Cry somewhere else, was the message that the Benfica winger dedicated to Matthaus.