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Lionel Messi's father has hit back at critics questioning whether Messi deserved to win the Ballon d'Or on Monday.
The PSG star won his seventh Ballon d'Or on Monday, extending his lead over Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo to 7-5.
Messi won a first major honour for his nation in 2021, as Argentina saw off Brazil in the final of the Copa América. He also left Barcelona for PSG.
However, the most popular choice for the 2021 edition seemed to be Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski.
He struck a ridiculous 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga games last year, and has 14 in 13 so far this term.
As well as Lewandowski, Jorginho of Chelsea and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema were also believed to be in the reckoning.
Messi ended up winning, sparking a debate about the Ballon d'Or's credibility. His father Jorge Messi is having nothing, and posted a photo of his son holding aloft the trophy on his Instagram.
His caption was the most illuminating past of the post. It simply and sarcastically read: "Bla bla bla... carry on."
He clearly didn't take too kindly to suggestions his son wasn't the rightful winner on this occasion.
Another man who felt you cannot deny Messi his seventh Ballon d'Or was his former Barcelona maanger Pep Guardiola.
The current Manchester City boss said: "You can never say it is unfair Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d'Or." Well, that's exactly what a lot of people have been doing.
By Dom Smith
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