YAP Stam: “Messi deserved the Golden ball, even though I would like to give it to Van Dijk».

Former defender of the Netherlands national team Yap Stam shared his opinion about the fairness of awarding the”Golden ball” -2019 to Lionel Messi.

“Defenders, as a rule, are underestimated, people do not particularly remember them. But now the situation has become better, and the work of defenders is beginning to be valued more.

However, the bombers earn more, they always get more attention. This has always been the case and will continue to be the case.

And in my opinion, Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world. So giving him the Golden ball was the right decision.

I would like to give it to Virgil van Dyck, because it was great. It’s not that I don’t want him to win The Golden ball, but Messi does it year after year – scoring, assisting – with all the pressure put on him. I think he deserved the award, ” Stam said.

Xavi on Messi: “He has 5-7 very good years left to spend. He will definitely play at the world Cup in Qatar».

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi suggested how many years forward Lionel Messi will still be able to play at the top level. He discussed this topic in a live instagram with the ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o

– You need to become a coach of Barcelona before Messi finishes his career.

  • Yes, that would be a plus. Messi still has five or seven very good years left. He takes great care of himself and will be able to play until he is 37, 38 or 39. He will definitely play at the world Cup in Qatar.

As for the current Barca, I like it, I like Setien’s ideas. I like teams that play like Guardiola, who don’t mess around, but go on the attack, ” Xavi said.

Messi will turn 33 in June.

Roberto Ayala: “Messi-speedy Gonzales, Maradona-pure art».

Former Argentina defender Roberto Ayala compared Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.

“They are different. Diego is pure art in everything he did on the field.

Messi-speedy Gonzales (Looney Tunes cartoon character, “the fastest mouse in all of Mexico” – approx. Sports.ru), not allowing the ball to escape from it. Leo holds it two centimeters from his feet. How can he do that?

I played with both. With Diego, I took my first steps in football. They are two animals, and when Leo finishes his career, he will also be remembered. I don’t know if it’s like Maradona. But it doesn’t matter,” Ayala said.