Inter Milan manager, Simone Inzaghi has insisted that striker, Lautaro Martinez deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland.
Martinez is among the nominees to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or.
However, the 26-year-old is not regarded as one of the favorites.
Martinez enjoyed a fantastic 2022-2023 season at club and country.
He scored 28 goals and registered 11 assists in 57 games across competitions for Inter Milan, winning the Coppa Italia and made it to the final of the UEFA Champions League.
However, the 2023 Ballon d’Or looks to be heading to his Argentina teammate Messi for a record eighth time.
But Inzaghi argued that Martinez’s exploits last season deserve more credit and that the attacker merits being on the podium at the awards ceremony next week.
“(Martinez deserves it) because of the path he has taken and the trophies he has won, he is worthy of the Ballon d’Or,” Inzaghi said (via TNT Sports).
“He has to be there that night, I don’t think he will win but he has to continue like this.”