Lionel Messi hit by diarrhoea and vomit-inducing bug after Ballon d'Or win and forced to miss PSG training

LIONEL MESSI missed Paris Saint-Germain training on Tuesday with nasty diarrhoea and vomit-inducing bug gastroenteritis.

It came after the Argentine legend scooped his record seventh Ballon d'Or at the swanky ceremony on Monday night.

PSG wrote on their website on Tuesday: "Lionel Messi and Leandro Paredes missed out on training today due to symptoms of gastroenteritis.

"A point will be made tomorrow morning."

Messi scooped consecutive Golden Balls having picked up the gong in 2019 – the last time it was awarded.

But not everyone was convinced he should have won it ahead of Bayern Munich's goal machine Robert Lewandowski.

Messi's hardly set the world alight since joining PSG from Barcelona this summer – leaving several of football's elite questioning the decision to hand him the prestigious gong.

Leading the outcry was German legend Lothar Matthäus who claimed Messi's win was incredulous, stating: "Honestly, I don't understand anything anymore."

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In Matthaus' eyes, Lewandowski – who finished as runner-up – was the worthy winner of the accolade.

He raged: "With all due respect to Messi and the other great players named, none deserved it as much as Lewandowski."

Matthaus' ex-Bayern team-mate Oliver Kahn whose now the Bavarian side's CEO also reckons Lewandowski should've been given the golden globe-shaped award.

He added: "Lewandowski would have deserved both the Ballon d'Or and his top scorer trophy because he has performed absolutely at the highest level for years. Congratulations to Lionel Messi!"

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos was also incensed by Messi's victory, but instead of Lewandowski, he thinks Los Blancos team-mate Karim Benzema should've won the Ballon d'Or.

Instead, Benzema finished fourth behind Chelsea star Jorginho in the rankings.

And a bewildered Kroos vented to Record: "For me, if they were really looking for the best player of the year, Benzema should have been number one because I see up close how exceptional he is.

"There is no doubt that Messi is alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as player of the decade and it has qualities that others will never have.

"What fails in the election is, above all, the first place."

Real legend Casillas also believes Messi isn't worthy of the Ballon d'Or this year but didn't name a successor.

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He wrote on Twitter: "It is increasingly difficult for me to believe in this football award.

"For me, Messi, he is one of the five best players in all of history, but you have to begin to know how to catalogue who are the most prominent at the end of a season.

"It's not that hard, damn it! Others make it difficult!"

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