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Mourinho: Messi won nothing

2012-08-03 17:15

Paris - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said Friday that his Portuguese striker Ronaldo should have won this year's Ballon d'Or and not Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"For me, the best player of a season must be one that won," Mourinho told ESPN.

"What (Ronaldo) did helped the team to win something big and I don't think in the history of the Ballon D'Or, one player won it without winning a big thing.

"So I don't think Messi without winning the Champions League, without winning the Spanish League, how can he be the Ballon D'Or?"

Messi was La Liga's top scorer with 50 goals last season, four more than Ronaldo, and capped his season by winning a third Ballon d'Or title.

But Barcelona finished second behind Real Madrid who set records for most La Liga wins in a season with 32, most goals scored (121) and best goal difference (plus-89) en route to a first league title in four years.

Meanwhile, despite reports of a deal for Luka Modric, no new signings have been announced but Mourinho remained confident for the new season.

"The team is really full of talent and we have lots of solutions and we can play in different ways, in different systems, in different philosophies," he said.

"So, what I have in my hands in terms of human capital, human resources is very, very hard."

Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Spanish SuperCup on August 23 and 29, with the first of two La Liga clashes set for October 7.

And Mourinho estimated that the Spanish league is the strongest in the world.

"What I used to say is that every team in the world goes to the Spanish league, they finish third," Mourinho said.

"Man City goes there, Manchester United goes there, Chelsea goes there. Who else? They finish third because the two best teams in the world are in the same league, so of course to the others, it's a big difference."

AFP

Comments
  • t3m1temmii - 2012-08-03 17:30

    messi is the best player in the world, no metter what his team won, he is gonna win ballon do'r for many years to come

      musazwane - 2012-08-03 18:34

      FACT: Messi won the League Cup, Siyanda...

      silence.ngulube - 2012-08-03 20:20

      Barcelona now is not a wining team so how come for messi to win Ballon

      jddekock - 2012-08-04 16:29

      Correct what is overdue is for the world to acknowlegde and FIFA TO RATE MESSI A LIVING FOOTBALL LEGEND WHAT COLD WATER WILL IT BE FOR MOURINHO SUCH ARROGANCE.

      jddekock - 2012-08-04 17:07

      Correct what is overdue is for the world to acknowlegde and FIFA TO RATE MESSI A LIVING FOOTBALL LEGEND WHAT COLD WATER WILL IT BE FOR MOURINHO SUCH ARROGANCE.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-08-03 18:43

    jeez, messi won 4 trophies : european super cup, spanish super cup, spanish cup, world club cup! and scored more goals than ronaldo in total.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-08-03 18:43

    jeez, messi won 4 trophies : european super cup, spanish super cup, spanish cup, world club cup! and scored more goals than ronaldo in total.

      silence.ngulube - 2012-08-03 20:13

      What l can say MESSI Last season he won nothing at all

  • colingkearns - 2012-08-03 21:32

    Mourinho in all his arrogance punts his boy, how he wishes he had Messi playing for RM. Messi the ultimate team player has won the hearts of hundreds of millions of people.... because he is such an honest and humble player....unlike Christian Ronaldo...arrogant and a closet cheat.

      randall.myburgh - 2012-08-04 00:07

      The criteria for Ballon is flawed. Yes Messi is a great player but I think that they got the BALL wrong this year. By far Ronaldo, in terms of what Madrid has won the last twelve months is better then Barca's....disagree mr Coling...then show me what ever Barca has won over the last year that will eclipse what Ronaldo has not just won, but achieved? Real went a step further then Barca in the CL, they won the Primiera/La Liga and Ronaldo at International level lead Portugal to the Semi's of Euro 12. In all fairness, the judging of it all is wrong because I would have chosen Iker Cassilas as the winner, Spain, 2010 WC champion captain, 2012 RM skipper, keeping goals out and once again at Euro12. Fact is that people are so ignorant, nevermind Ronaldo, he did , in my opinion more then Messi did despite scoring 4 less goals, but I still believe that the EPL is far more competitive then the La Liga

  • TJ Maphatane - 2012-08-03 22:20

    For those who say messi won nothing it shows that maths is a problem subject for y'all ! Please revisit your sources .

  • elias.vanschalkwyk - 2012-08-04 07:30

    Mourinho is a cry baby, he always have stupid remarks. What makes him special, he can't even stay long at a club being arrogant and dictatorial. I adore Vicente Del Bosque and Pep Guardiolla. The manner in which they address the media, their tact, their connection with the players, you see them being loved by players as if they are players themselfs. Mourinho would probably say the same thing about Ronaldo if he was coaching Barca, that's unsporting really. Shut up Mourinho!!! Go Lionel Messi!!!!

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-08-04 16:36

      Its a tactical language he uses to get the best out of his current squad. And he always get that rite. Look at inter, he said the same words and he won wverything. So its not like he does not respect other players its that he believes in his players more than any manager in the world. Hence the special one tag. Ask any player who wouldnt like to play for him exept barca players for obvious reasons.

  • elias.vanschalkwyk - 2012-08-04 07:43

    Guys who can reach this ignorant man, Mourinho please tell him to stop living in a fairytale world where he is the special one, his team is the best his players are the best, his coaching is the best and where he think he looks the best. Soccer in Europe does not revolve around him. We have exceptional coaches who doesn't rinse their mouths on every little issue like\ pardon\ an ovulating woman.Yes Ronaldo is a great player but in the absence of Messi, meaning he shines in a galaxy where the prime source of late is Messi. You would obviously ignore a smaller star which tries to emit so much light that it burns out quickly that one emitting a strong light for many years and keep on emitting efficiently.

  • SaleĆ© Sithwell - 2012-08-04 18:15

    Madrid, the team won! Messi's individual contribution is far superior! The fact that his team came second does not detract from that fact..

  • bplupiya - 2012-08-07 12:54

    the problem is that its the same people who vote year in and year out, Messi fans will always vote for Messi and vesa....

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