Barcelona icon, Dani Alves has named the player that should have won the 2021 Ballon d’ Or award ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star, Lionel Messi.
DAILY POST reports that Messi received his record seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday night in Paris.
Messi beat Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, among others to win the Ballon d’ Or.
But Alves, a former teammate with Messi at Barcelona, believes the 2021 Ballon d’ Or should have been awarded to Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen, who collapsed during his country’s game against Finland in the 2020 European Championship earlier this year and had to be taken to the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest.
“I think that Messi is a big candidate for the Ballon d’Or,” Alves was quoted by Marca as saying.
“He has [registered] all the figures to make it another time. But, to be honest, this year for me all the individual awards should have been handed to Eriksen because we have to send a message to the world that life is more important than football.
“And when one person comes back as he did, after all the things we’ve been through with COVID-19 that is ongoing and all this issue, I think that we can send a message to everyone that there are things which are more important than sport.”
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