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Lionel Messi didn’t vote for Jamal Musiala

Lionel Messi decided against Bayern Munich’s super talent Jamal Musiala in the election for the Kopa Trophy. The attacking midfielder didn’t finish in the top three at Messi. Instead, the star striker from Paris Saint-Germain voted for winner Gavi from his former club FC Barcelona, ​​among others.

Messi was at the of France Football voting as one of 32 previous Ballon d’Or winners. According to Sport Gavi, the Argentine took first place, while Messi’s PSG comrade Nuno Mendes was second. Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund completed the podium.

Incidentally, a year earlier Messi had also seen eventual winner Pedri (Barça) at the front. Bellingham and Mendes also received his other votes, but in reverse order.

The result of the election for the Kopa Trophy caused a lot of discussion this year. Not a few experts saw Bundesliga stars Bellingham and Jamal Musiala in front of Gavi.

In the final tally, Gavi finished ahead of Real Madrid’s Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga and Musiala. Bellingham missed the podium despite Messi’s voting behavior.

The Kopa Trophy has been awarded to the best U21 player in the world since 2018. It is named after former world-class French player Raymond Kopa and is awarded at the Ballon d’Or gala. Previously, they won alongside Pedri, today’s Bayern star Matthijs de Ligt and Kylian Mbappe (PSG).


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