On his latest interview with Globoesporte, left-back Filipe Luis doubled down on his claim that Lionel Messi deserved to win the Ballon d’Or.
The last Ballon d’Or ceremony had Lionel Messi as a shocking fifth place in the award show, people like Brazilian Filipe Luis still fail to understand why this award wasn’t given to Lionel Messi instead of Luka Modric.
The Croatian midfielder was the undisputed winner of this award, but the world of football has several individuals who don’t understand why this ceremony doesn’t just deliver the award to the Argentine player every year until the day he retires.
Individual accolades such as the Ballon d’Or, the UEFA Player of the Year Award, and FIFA’s The Best Award, are given to the player who performed better throughout a single natural year.
To all the voters during 2018, it was Luka Modric the one who filled in all the spaces that made him deserving of all the awards.
Probably the oddest defense of Lionel Messi came from the most unlikely place, a Brazilian player who performs for a club that competes against Barcelona for La Liga every single year.
It’s just strange watching a Brazilian player praising an Argentine in such a strong manner, but Luis is honest with himself.
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) January 21, 2019
“Every time I get on the pitch it’s with the ultimate goal of not letting my rivals do anything, whether it’s Messi or any other player,” said Filipe on Globoesporte as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
“But after so many years in the business, you see a man who reinvents himself, who plays as a striker, now he plays in the middle.”
“And suddenly I hear that he didn’t deserve to win the Ballon d’Or because he had a bad season during 2018.”
“He won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, he was the player who scored the most goals throughout Europe and a bunch of assists to his teammates.”
“Either whoever says this is not watching what I’m watching, or I know nothing about football.”
“He is Barcelona’s best player, he scores goals, when he doesn’t assist his teammates he starts the plays in which all the goals from his team get scored.”
“He keeps doing this on a consistent basis for the last ten years. My rivalry against him is infinite inside the pitch, but my admiration out of the pitch is also infinite.”
“He is Argentinean, he plays for a rival club, I get nothing out of praising him. But I have to be honest,” he added.
“En mi opinión, Messi es el mejor jugador del mundo ya hace muchos años” Filipe Luis. pic.twitter.com/NJHt39mDM2
— El 10 (@el10blaugrana) September 6, 2018
This feeling that Filipe Luis expressed during the interview is the very same feeling that a lot of people keep talking about when they discuss Messi, but the player himself doesn’t think he deserved the Ballon d’Or because he didn’t win the most important trophies of 2018.
Lionel actually thinks that Modric completely deserved to win these awards and losing to him is nothing more than motivation, Messi currently is one of the most prolific players in Europe this season and he does look like he will be unplayable against any club in all the competitions.
But the challenge remains the same for Messi, he is after his fifth Champions League trophy, one that Cristiano Ronaldo already has and one that Messi still hasn’t been able to achieve.
In the last three tournaments, Lionel hasn’t been able to deliver good performances in the most important matches against more accessible squads in the Champions League.
The rival, in turn, is Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16, playing against the French squad is everything that Messi is worried about at the moment.
"El premio es para el mejor jugador del mundo y, en mi opinión, ese es #Messi. Hoy, el año pasado, dos años atrás, tres años atrás. A partir del momento en el que Messi no es elegido el mejor jugador del mundo, pierde un poco de credibilidad", afirmó Filipe Luis 👏🙌👊 pic.twitter.com/Rqr3gZh7U5
— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 5, 2018
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