Former Barcelona captain Xavi has slammed the Ballon d’Or’s decision which saw Messi end fifth in the list.
“In my opinion, it’s not fair,” he told reporters. “Messi is the best player I’ve ever seen. I would give him the Ballon d’Or every year if I could but unfortunately that decision isn’t up to me. Modrić did well to win and I’m happy for him, but honestly, Messi is the best.”
The ex-Barcelona midfield general who was one of the most brilliant minds to have played the games seems to have forgotten that prejudices like these are exactly why Ballon d’Or is a voted competition and not a pick by few brilliant men behind a room.
While we agree with Xavi that Messi is perhaps the most brilliant man to have kicked a ball in the game, it is biased to have formed an idea about who should be given the annual award without noticing the performances of every player on the pitch. Luka Modric carried on his shoulder an underweight Croatia side to a FIFA World Cup final, something Messi and company failed to do this season.
Moreover, Modric was instrumental as always in Real Madrid‘s third successive UCL win. Let’s hope that people stop disrespecting Modric’s achievement because of their personal,clouded and biased judgement.