Europe’s top managers have reacted to the Ballon d’Or results and Lionel Messi’s seventh trophy.
The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, said that Messi is always a worthy winner, but he also hinted that Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski should have won the award. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola was similarly diplomatic, praising both Messi and Lewandowski, who finished in second place.
PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino praised Messi and urged the 34-year-old to go on working towards an eighth Ballon d’Or.
Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti said he would always vote for his own players if he could and therefore felt Karim Benzema should have been crowned world football’s best player this year.