'Messi's Ballon d'Or is football justice'


FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez says his former teammate Lionel Messi winning his seventh Ballon d'Or title is "football justice".

The Argentine collected the Ballon d'Or at ceremony in Paris on Monday night after beating out competition from Bayern Munich star striker Robert Lewandowski.

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There have been a number of people who feel Messi did not deserve the award, but Xavi was quick to disagree with the critics.

"The first thing I want to do is to congratulate Alexia Putellas," the coach said, referring to the Barcelona women's star who won the women's Ballon d'Or on Monday.

"Also, I congratulate Pedri for the Kopa Award.

"Messi's win is footballing justice. We can also think that others might deserve it, but the moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it then it's fair"

Xavi also rubbished reports that the LaLiga giants have put Frenkie de Jong up for sale to raise transfer funds.

"Yes, he is non-transferable, very important, capable of making a difference," Xavi said.

"The other day he scored. He was the Frenkie we want. He was excellent at Villarreal."

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the award winners from the 2021 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, as well as the top 10 for the men's prize

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