Patrice Évra still does not have his tongue in his pocket.
Become a consultant for Prime Video in Italy, the former side of Manchester United or Olympique de Marseille, 40, always delivers a sharp look at the world of football during his analyzes.
Launched on the conquest of the Golden Ball 2021, which will be awarded on November 29 in Paris, the former international tricolor (81 selections) gave his favorites ... and his preferences.
Regularly cited in a good position alongside Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi does not appear in Évra's papers, far from it.
"I'm sick of giving it to Messi, what did he win last year?"
OK, the Copa America, but with Barcelona what did he do?
», He got carried away in Italian on Prime Video.
The calendar year of the Pulga, winner of the 2019 edition - before a blank 2020 year - is however quite honorable on a sporting level, even if it is not the most brilliant of his career.
Jorginho for the Ballon d'Or? @Evra believes he fully deserves the accolade ... 🏆 pic.twitter.com/095pvez0mM
- Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) October 14, 2021
The six-time Golden Ball won its first title with Argentina last July, the Copa America, at the expense of Neymar's Brazil (1-0).
The new number 30 of Paris Saint-Germain, before his resounding transfer to France, had scored 38 goals and provided 14 assists in 47 games with Barça, and finished top scorer in La Liga for the eighth time.
His elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Paris, however, had been difficult, as was the third place in the Championship of Barça.
"For me, it is an injustice"
This pushes Patrice Évra to designate two other favorites to win the prestigious trophy for best player of the year, awarded by France Football. “For me the Golden Ball is for Kanté or Jorginho, who deserves it! I don't understand why people say: 'He's just a midfielder'. He (Jorginho) has won everything, he has been instrumental in all of these successes. For me it is an injustice (if he does not win it). "
Both authors of a fantastic last season, Frenchman N'Golo Kanté and Italian Jorginho won the Champions League with Chelsea, regularly delivering uppercase performances in the heart of Thomas Tuchel's Blues game.
Irremovable holder in the middle of the Squadra Azzura, Jorginho has for him to have also won the Euro with Italy this summer.
Kylian Mbappé is the third Frenchman named among the candidates for the Ballon d'Or.