Barcelona legend, Samuel Eto’o has come out to defend Lionel Messi’s emergence as the winner of the 2021 Ballon d’Or. He recently revealed that people should realize that football will always be about opinions.
According to him, he doesn’t see anything unfair about Messi winning the award because he is the absolute best that has ever played the game.
Eto’o added that he has had the privilege of being one of Messi‘s friends and he’ll keep deserving the best awards.
His words, “Soccer is opinions. I remember in 2010, many thought that others had to win it.”
“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.”
“Benzema and Lewandowski obviously deserved it. Mbappe deserved it, Kante deserved it, Jorginho deserved it … 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.”
“It is there and it has arrived at a good moment, in which Messi and Cristiano, the gods of football, are in the night of their careers due to age and Mbappe is arriving.”
“I hope it will be the biggest for the next 10 or 15 years. He has everything to be this unique player that soccer needs after these two monsters.”
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