Journalist Gastón Recondo of Argentinian media TyC Sports got carried away by the absence of Lionel Messi among the 30 nominated for the 2022 Ballon d’Or.
Words are hard. “We don’t know whether to be annoyed, angry, laughing, mocking. We have to respect each other’s opinions, but the question is whether we have to accept the lack of respect obediently.” Gastón Recondo decided not. This journalist from the Argentinian media TyC Sports sharpened his best pen to sharply denounce the absence of Lionel Messi among the 30 named for the 2022 Ballon d’Or (a first since 2005). “They didn’t offend Messi, they insulted football”, enrages the columnist, outraged by the editorial choice of France Soccerorganizer of the award.
“For the French, there are 30 players who were better than Messi. (…) Thirty. 30. Not 3, not 5, not 10. THIRTY”, indignant the journalist, who notes that Cristiano Ronaldo has, he was entitled to “respect”.
“But he is Messi”
“Messi was sidelined for a few months because of Covid-19 and had a hard time adapting to Paris. But he is Messi. Lionel Andrés Messi”, thunders Gastón Recondo, considering that “the best player in the world for a decade and a half” is none other than “the same player who won the last Ballon d’Or”.
Faced with what he considers to be a crime of lèse-majesté, Gastón Recondo wants karma to have its effect during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: “It would not be surprising if, on December 18 (day of the final, editor’s note), they look at each other in the press room and wonder how the man with the number 10 on his back in blue and white is not among their 30 nominees. They don’t know what it’s like to provoke an Argentinian.”