The Dutchman believes that the Argentine is the best candidate to win the best individual prize of football after another excellent year
According to Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman, Lionel Messi is the favorite to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or, which was also discussed by Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay of the club.
A man who has already won the coveted prize six times is tipped to get the nod again after following up another impressive campaign in Barca by leading Argentina to the honor of the Copa America.
International silverware was the only thing missing in Messi’s illustrious CV, and Koeman believes he deserves recognition for setting the standard in terms of individual brilliance for both club and country over the past twelve months.
What was said?
Messi is currently a free agent as his last contract at Camp Nou expired on June 30, but Barca are on the verge of tying the 34-year-old to a new long-term deal, and Koeman is counting on him to 2021-22 again to be a talismanic figure in his group.
“He is very important. For what he brings to the team, he is the captain and an example, ‘the Barca boss told the club Official Website. ‘His goal shooting was brilliant despite a difficult start.
“He always showed he was the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he finally did.
“Messi is the best candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and for me he is the favorite.”
Messi’s numbers 2020-21 numbers
Messi has scored 38 goals in 47 games for Barca in the last quarter, including 30 in La Liga, earning him the Pichichi award for the division’s leading scorer for the eighth time.
He also gave 14 assists to his teammates while helping Koeman’s team win the Copa del Rey, and was able to carry the form on the international stage.
Messi scored four goals and five assists in seven games during Argentina’s run for the Copa America crown, which won the Player of the Tournament and Golden Ball award after their final victory over Brazil.
Koeman on Aguero and Depay
Koeman also set out what he expects from the new arrivals Aguero and Depay, with both men joining Barca on free transport after their departure from Manchester City and Lyon.
The Dutchman said of Aguero: ‘He is an important sign because we have to improve before the goal. ‘Kun’ is an experienced player and very dangerous in the field.
“He needs to be physically fit and we want him to be at his best for us.”
Koeman previously worked with Depay while at the helm of the Dutch national team, and believes he has all the necessary qualities to add a new dimension to the Blaugrana attack.
‘It’s important that I know him well; he knows how I work and he is a player with a lot of character – he is strong, fast, he brings a lot to us, ‘he said.
“He can play anywhere in front and he is getting into the prime of his career. He has improved a lot at Lyon and he has gained experience as captain.”