With the much-awaited Ballon d’Or ceremony just around the corner, Vicente del Bosque has revealed his thoughts about Lionel Messi’s absence from the final three candidates
Numerous reports across Europe over the past few weeks have claimed the Argentinean wizard won’t make it to the last three candidates to claim the flattering prize.
In addition to Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is also expected to remain out of the race after his Portugal side suffered early elimination at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
According to the various sources, the leading contestants for the Ballon d’Or are Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, and Raphael Varane.
However, talking to Marca, former Spain and Real Madrid boss has expressed his frustration about Messi’s absence from the final race.
“I am very surprised that Messi isn’t there.”
I think it [the award] loses all value if he is not leading the best players in the world.”
“It is, at the very least, a little strange.”
As things stand, for the first time after 11 years, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Leo Messi won’t be lifting the precious award.