Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola on the presentation of the Ballon d'Or to Messi: it's show and business “Josep Guardiola spoke about the presentation of the Ballon d'Or at the end of 2021 to PSG and Argentina striker Lionel Messi. His words are quoted by City Xtra.
The specialist said that it can never be said that Messi received the Golden Ball unfairly. “It is what it is. This is a show, good business to make football more fun, ”he said. Guardiola added that Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski also earned a prize for his performance last season.
The Ballon d'Or award, awarded to the best footballer of the year, was held on November 29 in Paris. In the trophy dispute, Messi overtook Lewandowski, who came in second in the vote.
Messi played for Barcelona under Guardiola from 2008 to 2012. Together they became champions of Spain and the Cup of the country three times, and also won the Champions League twice.