Mauricio Pochettino admits that Messi Ballon d'Or remark caused problem in PSG dressing room

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is heavily favoured to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or award
Lionel Messi is heavily favoured to win the 2021 Ballon d'Or award / John Berry/GettyImages

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that a comment he made on Lionel Messi deserving to win the Ballon d'Or award this year caused a "problem" inside the club's dressing room.

Messi is touted to win his eighth Ballon d'Or award, with Pochettino backing his fellow countryman to scoop the award earlier this month after the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist was announced. Messi was joined on the shortlist by fellow PSG teammates Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, with Pochettino now claiming that his comments on Messi had created some friction.

"I had a problem saying that Messi should win the Ballon d'Or. Neymar and Mbappé told me why not them. In any case, it would be great for any player from Paris to win it, but Leo deserves it," he told Diario Sport.

Messi for his part recently revealed to France Football that he would vote for his team-mates, Neymar and Mbappe while the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema too have had great years.

"In my team there are at least two players for whom I'll vote in Kylian and Neymar. Then [Robert] Lewandowski, who has had a great year. But there's also Benzema."

It will be interesting to see who will the award this time around, though the Argentinian is rightly being favoured considering he scored 38 goals in 47 games last season, while also leading his country to their first Copa America title since 1993.