Patrice Evra admits he is 'sick' of Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or - with the ex-Manchester United defender insisting Chelsea duo N'Golo Kante or Jorginho should win it this year instead
Patrice Evra admits he is 'sick' of seeing Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or and that there are more deserving candidates to win the award this year.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is favourite to win the award again next month, having finally guided his Argentina side to success in the Copa America this summer for the first time in 28 years.
The 34-year-old is the current holder of the award from back in 2019 with last year's event cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite an underwhelming final season with Barcelona last term before the expiry of his contract led to his summer switch to PSG, Messi could now be set for a seventh Ballon d'Or win having already collected a record six.
But Evra believes another Messi win would be an injustice and the Manchester United star has instead tipped Chelsea stars N'Golo Kante and Jorginho as better options to pick up the prestigious crown next month at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Both proved instrumental in the Blues surprise run to the Champions League final before the Blues then saw off Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 under Thomas Tuchel, with Kante putting in a Man of the Match performance, while Jorginho also triumphed with Italy at Euro 2020.
'In my opinion this Ballon d'Or is for Kante or Jorginho... I'm sick of giving it to Messi,' Evra said.
'What did he win last year? Okay, the Copa America. With Barcelona what did he do?'
Although Barca faltered badly in LaLiga last term to finish third and exited the Champions League at in the last-16 Messi did at least guide his team to Copa del Rey success.
Having joined PSG as a result of Barca's financial difficulties in being unable to offer him a new deal, his new manager Mauricio Pochettino has tipped one of his latest recruits and compatriots to retain his award.
'The Ballon d'Or should go to Messi without any doubt, Pochettino said.
'And if I didn't coach Messi, I would still say Messi. I answer with my heart. I always say what I feel. On the podium with him would have to be (Robert) Lewandowski and Cristiano [Ronaldo].'