Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or is 'disgraceful' as 'he wasn't even the best player at PSG' claims former France international Jerome Rothen... as he insists Erling Haaland deserved top award

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  • Lionel Messi is 'inferior' to Erling Haaland, said ex-PSG subordinate Jerome Rothen
  • Rothen said Messi wasn't moreover nan champion subordinate astatine PSG during his clip there 
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By Luke Power For Mailonline

Published: 08:14 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 08:41 EDT, 1 November 2023

Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or triumph has been branded 'disgraceful' by erstwhile PSG subordinate Jerome Rothen.

Erling Haaland should person picked up nan trophy because of his titles pinch Manchester City, nan ex-France world said.

Messi collected his eighth Ballon d'Or connected Monday nighttime aft winning nan World Cup pinch Argentina and Ligue 1 pinch PSG. 


He hit disconnected stiff title from 52-goal man Haaland, who won nan Treble pinch Manchester City and scored nan astir goals successful a Premier League play ever. 

'It's disgraceful! Of people it's disgraceful,' nan pundit raged connected RMC Sport show Rothen s'enflamme ('Rothen catches fire'). 

Jerome Rothen ripped into Lionel Messi connected his RMC Sport show, saying it was 'disgraceful' that he had won nan Ballon d'Or 

Messi picked up his eighth Ballon d'Or aft winning nan World Cup successful 2022 pinch Argentina 

Erling Haaland fired Manchester City to nan Treble pinch 52 goals and Rothen sees him arsenic nan deserving winner 

'As acold arsenic I'm concerned, it should person gone to Haaland. From August 2022 to June 2023, what criteria lead america to opportunity that Leo Messi is supra nan others? There's hardly immoderate criterion wherever he's number one. 

'If we look astatine his record, he's inferior to Haaland, moreover though he won nan World Cup. Haaland won everything pinch Manchester City. And of people you can't comparison him pinch nan World Cup, because Haaland is Norwegian.

'At PSG, Messi wasn't supra nan rest, he wasn't nan champion subordinate astatine nan club. It's problematic that a feline who's won nan Ballon d'Or, who's expected to beryllium nan champion subordinate successful nan world, isn't moreover nan champion subordinate astatine his club. 

'You person to extremity being delirious! And complete nan past 4 years, he's won 2 Ballon d'Or awards. So for me, it's disgraceful. I'm hallucinating.'

Messi masterminded Argentina's World Cup last triumph successful Qatar, scoring 2 against France successful a historical lucifer and netting successful nan punishment shootout. 

He besides scored 21 goals and recorded 20 assists for PSG successful each competitions. 

Rothen's sentiment is reflected successful galore shot fans who consciousness that Haaland's record-breaking play is worthy of nan apical honour. 

He powered drove City to a maiden Champions League title and represented a tactical displacement for Pep Guardiola arsenic nan Spaniard depended erstwhile much connected a number nine. 

Rothen claimed that Messi was moreover nan champion subordinate astatine PSG during his clip astatine nan French club

Lionel Messi received a defender of grant from his Inter Miami teammates connected Tuesday morning

Rothen was incensed pinch nan outcome.

He added: 'I'm told that this Ballon d'Or must beryllium fixed credibility? But there's nary credibility left!' 

Messi celebrated pinch nan occurrence pinch his Inter Miami team-mates aft returning to their Fort Lauderdale training base. 

He posed pinch nan squad and embarked successful a playful defender of grant while different players popped confetti and held trim retired signs of nan number eight. 

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