This year, the sports world saw many records made in breaking. Whether it be Baseball, Football, Formula One, Tennis, NBA, or Cricket, the year 2022 will come up as a game-changer in the history of sports. In America, fans enjoyed Aaron Judge breaking and going beyond Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs in a season. On the other hand, in Argentina, millions gathered to cheer GOAT Lionel Messi and his FIFA World Championship win. However, one of the top Argentinian news agencies seems a little angrier with Aaron Judge and the Yankees. But why is that? Keep reading to find out.
Why Was Lionel Messi Snubbed Over Aaron Judge For The “Athlete Of The Year” Award?
Recently, Clarin.com, an Argentinian sports agency, brought out the biggest question prevailing in the sports fraternity. In a freshly published column, the sports editor slammed TIME magazine for snubbing the Football World Champion Lionel Messi & claiming Aaron Judge the “Athlete Of The Year” Award. The column focused on Judge’s accomplishments that he achieved and why he was honored with one of the biggest titles.
As the column reported, ‘Messi closed an unforgettable season to be considered by the rest of the world as the best athlete of the year.’ Although, the editor acknowledged that the award was announced way before Lionel Messi played a never-forgetting finale for Argentina in the FIFA World Cup 2022 finals. TIME Magazine announced their decision for the honor on December 6, while Argentina beat France in a thrilling World Cup final 12 days later.
However, the post did not leave behind to compare the two biggest players of the respective sports. Not even their deals with their teams. After all the witch hunt and Arson Judge drama, the Aaron Judge finally became a ‘Yankee For Life’. He signed a whooping nine-year $360 Million mega-deal with the New York Yankees, one of the biggest franchises in MLB. However, the Clarin editor put forth Messi’s four-year $674 Million contract with Barcelona, which is the biggest of all time.
Undoubtedly, Lionel Messi’s achievements will never be lessened. However, Argentinian fans and media are clearly keeping a grudge against the American star player, Aaron Judge. Although, they mustn’t forget Judge’s contribution this year. He was named the silver slugger of the year, the AL MVP, and TIME’s “Athlete of the year.” But the Argentinian news outlet quoted, “Although Time has not valued it that way, the Rosario closed an unforgettable season to be considered by the rest of the world as the best athlete of the year.”