Speaking to France Football, Barcelona Technical Director Éric Abidal reacted to Lionel Messi’s 6th Ballon D’Or win.
“It is exceptional what Lionel Messi is doing, in any case what he has done up until now. He shows his talent each year. For us, it is simply a joy to have him in our team. 12 Ballon D’Ors for Barcelona, 50% for Messi… He admitted (tonight) that he is of a certain age, but he has also said that he wants to play for quite a few more years. I hope he continues to live his passion. He is very professional and I think that it is for this reason that he will continue to win individual awards. He is someone very respectful towards players. He has revelled in tonight, in front of his family as well, which brings even more joy.”