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Thierry Henry’s brilliant response when asked who should win the Ballon d’Or

Thierry Henry’s brilliant response when asked who should win the Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi is the hot favourite to win the Ballon d’Or

Thierry Henry had a brilliant response when asked who should win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Last year, the illustrious award was given to French star Karim Benzema after he enjoyed a stellar season with Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.

Ahead of this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday, the likes of Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are the frontrunners to pick up the award.

However, it has been widely reported that Argentine legend Messi is going to win his eighth Ballon d’Or after a stunning year.

Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar and also enjoyed a decent season with Paris Saint Germain.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League coverage on CBS Sports, Henry was asked whether the Ballon d'Or should be awarded to Messi. You can watch his response below.

Henry said: “I mean a lot of people can debate that but for me if you win the World Cup, the way he did it, we can talk about what happened in the final.

“As a Frenchman, I was a little bit disappointed with how it finished but you can’t say that it isn’t deserved if he wins it.”

The former Arsenal forward said: “A lot of people can claim that Man City players, Haaland and some other players can also say ‘why not me?’ but you can’t say that it’s not right if he wins it.

“You have the history at times where I’m thinking about Lewandowski, they decided to say there will not be a Ballon d’Or but there was football. Why was the guy not allowed to win his Ballon d’Or?”

At this point, fellow pundit Jamie Carragher asked Henry: “Who do you think deserves to win it?”

Henry replied: “For me, Messi. Bye. Over.”

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Topics: Thierry Henry, Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi, Football