Messi worthy of seventh Ballon d'Or victory, says Xavi

Lionel Messi of PSG holding his 7th Ballon d'Or for world's best player in 2021 is honored before the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice (OGCN) at Parc des Princes stadium on December 1, 2021 in Paris, France.


Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said former team mate Lionel Messi deserved his Ballon d'Or win, describing the Argentine's record-extending seventh victory as "total justice".

Paris St Germain forward Messi, 34, beat Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea's Jorginho to lift the prestigious award after winning the Copa America for the first time with Argentina in July.

Lionel Messi of PSG holding his 7th Ballon d'Or for world's best player in 2021 is honored before the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice (OGCN) at Parc des Princes stadium on December 1, 2021 in Paris, France. 


"I think it's football justice. He is the best footballer in the world, and the best of all time. And he deserves this seventh award. No doubt about it," Xavi said.

"We may think that maybe Lewandowski also deserved it, or other players, but this is the same debate every year... The moment they open the envelope and they say Messi won it, then it's fair."

Barcelona, seventh in LaLiga with 23 points, host fifth-placed Real Betis on Saturday.

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