Kroos argues that Messi didn't deserve Ballon d'Or win and Ronaldo was better this year


Lionel Messi’s seventh Ballon d’Or success is “completely not deserved” and Cristiano Ronaldo was higher over the previous yr, in keeping with Actual Madrid star Toni Kroos.

Messi gained the 2021 Golden Ball on Monday evening after one other stellar yr for membership and nation that noticed him rating 42 objectives whereas getting his palms on Copa del Rey and Copa America honours.

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Nevertheless, Kroos doesn’t imagine that the Argentina worldwide, who joined Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona in the summertime, ought to have completed forward of a few of the different names within the closing vote.

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The Actual Madrid midfielder stated on his official podcast: “It is completely not deserved.

“There is no such thing as a doubt that Messi, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], has been the participant of the final decade, however this yr there ought to’ve been others forward of him.”

Pressed on who he felt deserved the accolade this time round, Kroos named his Madrid colleague Karim Benzema earlier than additionally insisting that Ronaldo ought to have completed forward of Messi after the affect he is had since returning to Manchester United.

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“For me, Karim would have been the primary when you had been actually searching for the perfect particular person participant of the final yr, as a result of I can see from shut quarters what an impressive footballer he’s,” Kroos added.

“Once I see what number of decisive objectives Cristiano has scored these days – Manchester United are nonetheless within the Champions League due to him alone – then, in my eyes, Cristiano would have additionally come earlier than Messi.”

Kroos’ outrage over the choice to present Messi the prize once more was shared by his former Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.

“It’s more and more troublesome for me to imagine in soccer awards,” the previous Spain worldwide goalkeeper wrote on Twitter.

“For me, Messi, he is likely one of the 5 finest gamers in all of historical past however it’s a must to know how one can checklist probably the most excellent gamers in a season. It isn’t that tough.”

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Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho had been additionally amongst those who needed to be content material with a spot behind Messi within the high ten.

Robert Lewandowski’s place as runner-up proved to be probably the most controversial, although, with many pundits having beforehand backed him for the prize following one other prolific 12 months at Bayern Munich.

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The Polish striker was additionally the favorite for the 2020 Ballon d’Or earlier than it was cancelled as a result of coronavirus, and Messi expressed his frustration for his colleague in his newest acceptance speech.

“I needed to say to Robert that it was an honour to go up in opposition to him,” stated the previous Barcelona captain. “He deserved to win it final yr.”



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