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“Go cry somewhere else” Angel Di Maria hits back at Lothar Matthaus over Lionel Messi’s 8th Ballon d’Or criticism

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla
November 2 2023
Angel Di Maria Argentina

Lionel Messi won his eighth Ballon d’Or on Monday night

After discrediting Lionel Messi’s Ballon d’Or victory, Lothar Matthaus received backlash from Angel Di Maria, who brashly told the German icon to “go cry somewhere else.”

When Messi was announced as the winner of the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time, Matthaus expressed his disapproval, labelling it a “farce.”

Erling Haaland, who scored 52 goals in a row to lead Manchester City to a triple crown, is the winner who deserves it, in his opinion.

‘Haaland has done better than Messi for the entire year,’ he told Sky Germany ‘It’s undeserved that Messi won. But that shows that a World Cup counts more than anything else. 

‘For me, Haaland is the best player of the last twelve months. He won major titles with Manchester City and broke goalscoring records in the process. For me, there is no way around Haaland. The choice is a farce, even though I am a Messi fan.’

Messi’s colleague Argentina star Di Maria responded to his remarks with a laughing emoji and the words “Go cry somewhere else” under a post.

In 1990, after Germany won the World Cup, Matthaus became the first person to win the Ballon d’Or.

In 2020, he additionally served as a member of the Ballon d’Or Dream Team, which was made up of the greatest players to have ever won the trophy.

His support for Haaland makes sense given that the Norwegian scored 52 goals for Manchester City across all competitions, even if Messi still produced excellent work.

Argentina’s success in the World Cup final in Qatar was led by the Argentine, who also scored two goals in a historic encounter against France and one in the penalty shootout.

Before moving to Inter Miami, he also helped PSG win Ligue 1 with 21 goals and 20 assists in all competitions.

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