Ballon d’Or 2023: Popular Youtuber ‘EXPLAINS WHY’ Lionel Messi Should Not Win The Award This Year

September 18, 2023

The 2023 Ballon d’Or final 30-man shortlist was revealed last week by France Football. The names of Argentine Superstar Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland, both considered favorites to win the honour, were at the top of the list of five players from the Spanish La Liga.

Other well-known athletes from the shortlist included Vinicius Jr. from Real Madrid and Karim Benzema from Al Ittihad. The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, however, drew criticism and discussion.

While many experts and writers appear to favour Messi as the leading contender for the award, YouTuber Mark Goldbridge has a different take, contending that the Inter Miami captain is not worthy of winning.

Mark Goldbridge, a Man United supporter as well, emphasized that Lionel Messi shouldn’t receive the prized prize, making reference to the events that led to France winning the World Cup and Luka Modric getting the trophy in 2018.

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The host said in a video posted to his YouTube channel:

“I don’t understand why Messi is the landslide winner unless we’re doing it on sentimentality that he’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game.”

“And that’s not what it should all be about. And people will say, well, he won the World Cup.”

“You know France won the World Cup in 2018 and Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or. He played in the final; he was a runner-up; he had a very good season.”

[VIDEO] Goldbridge believes Lionel Messi shouldn’t win the Ballon d’Or 2023

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