Jaap Stam believes it was the “proper determination” to offer Barcelona’s Lionel Messi the 2019 Ballon d’Or. © AFP
Former footballer Jaap Stam believes that it was the “proper determination” handy Barcelona’s Lionel Messi the Ballon d’Or in 2019 forward of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. “Usually a defender is underestimated and other people do not assume rather a lot about them. I believe these days it’s changing into higher and other people recognize the job of defending much more,” Aim.com quoted Stam as saying. “However goalscorers earn more cash and so they get extra consideration. That is the way it’s all the time been and that is how it is going to be sooner or later. And searching on the world now, I believe Messi continues to be the very best participant. For those who take a look at the Ballon d’Or and successful the trophy, I believe the proper determination was to offer it to Messi,” he added.
After successful the award in December, Messi had gone previous Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo to win essentially the most variety of Ballon d’Or awards. Ronaldo has received it 5 instances whereas Messi scripted his sixth win.
The 47-year-old Stam stated though he would have preferred Van Dijk to have received the award, Messi deserved the title.
“I’d have preferred to offer it to Virgil as a result of I believe he is completed nice. It isn’t that I do not need him to win it, however I believe Messi and what he’s doing yr in, yr out, scoring targets and creating targets with the strain he is below, I believe he deserves it,” he stated.