Valverde questions Messi’s Ballon d’Or snub

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Ernesto Valverde, Manager of Barcelona looks on prior to the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde expressed shock at Lionel Messi missing out in the top three ranked players for this year’s Ballon d’Or award but went on to felicitate with eventual winner Luka Modric

Valverde labelled it as ‘absurd’ his star man did not win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and suggested there were ‘inconsistencies’ in the process.

The Argentine with five Ballon d’Ors to his name ranked fifth in this year’s rankings, behind eventual winner Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.

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“I’m not going to enter into the debate over whether or not there are consistencies in these type of awards or not,” Valverde told Football Espana on Tuesday.

“That is something for the organisers and those who vote to explain, but if we are talking about the best player in the world then for us, it (Messi’s exclusion) is absurd.

“However, we congratulate Modric because he is a great player and enjoyed an amazing year.”