We must not attack smaller than ourselves.
A saying that Tony Yoka obviously has trouble applying.
Rio's 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight champion embarked on a long rant against Lionel Messi on social media.
The Argentinian would not deserve the Ballon d'Or 2021 according to the boxer who puts forward several arguments.
Tony Yoka doesn't want to see Lionel Messi lift the Ballon d'Or this year!
- Instant Foot ⚽️ (@lnstantFoot) July 26, 2021
“We live at a time when we want to give the Golden Ball to a player who finished third in La Liga (…), eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League by taking 4-1 at home, who has lost the final of the Super Cup of Spain by taking a red card for putting a right to an opponent ... Just because he scored 4 goals against Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia!
Yoka enraged on her Instagram story.
Tony Yoka got countered
This is not the only right unchecked by the French Olympic champion: “If he wins it, it will be the ugliest and most busted Ballon d'Or in history.
Winning it with such a bad season, by scoring goals that didn't win your team anything, adds the French boxer.
29 goals in La Liga, 24 scored against the last 7 in La Liga.
(…) 5 goals in the LDC this season, 4 penalties.
30 - Lionel Messi scored 30 La Liga goals last season - including 11 against the last 7 teams in the standings.
Fact-Checking 🥊 pic.twitter.com/8H5PE8Zjjx
- OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 26, 2021
One last visibly ill-adjusted attack.
Opta, the agency specializing in sports statistics, was pleased to call Yoka to order.
"Lionel Messi scored 30 goals in La Liga last season - including 11 against the last 7 teams in the standings," responded OptaJean on social networks.
Enough to back off for the French boxer, who has since deleted his story.
Surely more at ease in a ring than talking about football.