The fact that Lionel Messi won the “Ballon d’Or” on Monday evening also left Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp astonished.
It was the football theme last Monday: the award ceremony Ballon d’Or. Had it for the seventh time Lionel Messi won, which led to astonishment in many places. The Argentine star player had won the Copa America, but was only third in the league with FC Barcelona. After moving to Paris Saint Germain, he has not uprooted any more trees. The real favorite for the award this year, Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern Munich came in second. Since then, the Bild-Zeitung has dubbed the award a “scandalous choice”.
“Then it will be difficult for him to even get it”
That also has Jürgen Klopp caused astonishment. The coach of Liverpool FC was “surprised” by the outcome of the freestyle with the Ballon d’Or. “You can always give the award to Lionel Messi. For the career that he has, for the footballer that he is. But if you don’t give it to Robert Lewandowski this time, it will be difficult for him to get it at all, ”said the coach on Tuesday.
Bayern star Lewandowski hoped in vain for his first honor with this trophy. During his time at Borussia Dortmund from 2010 to 2014, Lewandowski played under Klopp before the striker moved to Munich. Last season Lewandowski beat the age-old record of goals scored by the late Gerd Müller. For this, he was named “Best Striker of the Year”.
No German in the top 30
Klopp was also surprised that Liverpool’s offensive star Mohamed Salah only ended up in seventh place. But it was a journalist choice, asked Klopp. “Then don’t ask me, it’s your fault.” If you think that a player should be rated higher, you just have to convince your colleagues. 170 journalists were entitled to vote.
Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund was eleven in the election. No German made it into the top 30.