Patrice Evra: I’m sick of giving the Ballon d’Or to Messi

Patrice Evra has admitted that he is bored of watching Lionel Messi win the Ballon d’Or, with the current Paris Saint-Germain star having done so six times in his illustrious career.

The race for this year’s Ballon d’Or seems more open than it has been for a long time, and Evra even named Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as being more deserved winners than Messi.

“In my opinion this Ballon d’Or is for Kante or Jorginho… I’m sick of giving it to Messi,” said Evra.

“What did he win last year? Okay, the Copa America [with Argentina]. With Barcelona, what did he do?”

Competing with Messi, Kante and Jorginho in the race for the Ballon d’Or are are the likes of Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi, 34, moved to PSG over the summer and is the outright favourite to win the award, with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski the second favourite and Jorginho third.

Alexia Putellas, the current holder, is favourite to win the Ballon d’Or Feminin. The Barcelona player was key to her side’s Champions League win, scoring a penalty in the final as they beat Chelsea 4-0. Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Barcelona team-mate Jennifer Hermoso, who was top scorer in Spain for the fifth season in six, are second and third favourites.