Germany and Bayern Munich star, Thomas Muller has opened up on the debate surrounding Argentina icon, Lionel Messi's recent Ballon d'Or award win - revealing that the fact that his fellow team-mate, Robert Lewandowski did not win was a "disappointment".
Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or award on Monday, beating out competition from the likes of Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho, with many believing that the Bayern striker deserved to win the honour for his performances over the past two years.
Muller for his part did not hold back when it came to the ceremony and the award this time around.
“From a Bavarian, Polish and also from a German point of view, the award of the Ballon d’Or last night was definitely a disappointment. For some, even a little more. Although I’ve been in the business for a bit longer and was therefore not really surprised by the outcome (it was similar with Franck Ribéry in 2013), the whole thing has formed a thought in me or solidified it again: we have great players in the Bundesliga and do not have to hide," he said as per Source.
“For worldwide recognition, however, further international successes are necessary. For me, too, this is a huge motivation to throw everything into the balance in order to bring the Champions League back to Munich and to show the football world what is going on. And above all, what German football has to offer.
The German is not the only player to express disappointment at Messi winning the award, with the likes of Lothar Matthaus, Raul and Toni Kroos among the legends of the sport who have questioned the decision to hand the Argentinian the honour this year.