The Dutch coach believes that his team star deserves to win his seventh Ballon d'Or.
coach Ronald Koeman believes thatLionel Messi
is the favorite to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or and also talked about the club's new signings, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Deepay.
Messi, who has won six Ballon d'Ors to date,has had a brilliant season with with Barcelona and also won the the Copa America title with Argentina. At the national level, the title was something Messi missed in his resume, and Koeman claimed that the Argentine star deserved to win the Ballon d'Or.
The Dutch manager toldBarcelona's official website
“He is vitally important. For what he brings to the team, he’s the captain and an example. His goalscoring has been brilliant despite a difficult start.
"He has shown time and again he is the best in the world. I know how much he wanted to win the Copa América and he has done it at last.
"Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the favourite.”
Messi scored 36 goals in 47 games for Barcelona last season.
Koeman added on Aguero:
“He is an important signing as we have to improve in front of goal. ‘Kun’ is an experienced player and very dangerous in the box.
"He has to be right physically and we want him to be at his best for us.”
Koeman, who had experience working with Depay in the Netherland national team, said about him:
“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, quick, he brings us a lot," he said.
"He can play anywhere up front and he is coming into the prime of his career. He improved a lot at Lyon and he gained experience as a captain.”
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