Messi worthy of seventh Ballon d'Or victory, says Xavi

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Soccer Football - The Ballon d'Or Awards - Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, France - November 29, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi with the Ballon d'Or grant REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said erstwhile squad mate Lionel Messi deserved his Ballon d'Or win, describing the Argentine's record-extending seventh triumph arsenic "total justice".

Paris St Germain guardant Messi, 34, bushed Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea's Jorginho to assistance the prestigious grant aft winning the Copa America for the archetypal clip with Argentina successful July.

"I deliberation it's shot justice. He is the champion footballer successful the world, and the champion of each time. And helium deserves this seventh award. No uncertainty astir it," Xavi said.

"We whitethorn deliberation that possibly Lewandowski besides deserved it, oregon different players, but this is the aforesaid statement each year... The infinitesimal they unfastened the envelope and they accidental Messi won it, past it's fair."

Barcelona, seventh successful LaLiga with 23 points, big fifth-placed Real Betis connected Saturday.

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Reporting by Hritika Sharma successful Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

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