Barcelona legend claims Messi doesn’t deserve to win the Ballon d’Or this year

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Paris Saint-Germain summer signing Lionel Messi, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski are among the favourites for the Ballon d’Or award this year.

Compared to previous years, there’s no clearcut winner for this year’s award, and Barcelona hero Hristo Stoichkov has ruled out Messi from the award.

According to Stoichkov, Lewandowski is more deserving of the award and also Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.

Stoichkov told TMW: “Jorginho? He has a chance to win [the Ballon d’ Or] this year for what he did with Chelsea and the national team. But it doesn’t depend on me, but on the journalists.

“I would vote for a player who has not done just one year, but 4-5 years at a high level. If he also won the Nations League and the World Cup I would give it to him.

“For me, however, [Robert] Lewandowski would deserve it.”

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