Lionel Messi has been named Irish Player of the Year by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). The Barcelona ace said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the honour but also slightly confused, having never donned the green jersey in his career.
An FAI spokesperson said the decision to award the Argentina captain was part of a new policy of recognising foreign talent.
“We already named Declan Rice Young Irish Player of the Year last week and sure he’s a Tan. And because we’re not producing much in the way of talent these days, we thought we might as well recognise the achievements of a genuine superstar. Class is class.”