Spain slam FIFA over Messi win

2011-01-11 13:04

Madrid - The Spanish media has lashed out at FIFA president Sepp Blatter after Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or ahead of Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, who played for Spain when they won the Soccer World Cup.

Spanish daily AS says "Spain is very angry," and Marca has "Two Giants and one Anti-Spaniard" splashed across its front page in reference to Messi, coach of the year Jose Mourinho and Blatter.

Marca says "without a doubt the biggest loser on this night was Spanish football."

Six Spanish players were included in FIFA's 2010 world all-star team. 

FIFA's 2010 world all-star team:

Iker Casillas (Spain - Real Madrid)
Maicon (Brazil - Inter Milan)
Lúcio (Brazil - Inter Milan)
Gerard Piqué (Spain - Barcelona)
Carles Puyol (Spain - Barcelona)
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands - Inter Milan)
Xavi (Spain - Barcelona)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain - Barcelona)
Lionel Messi (Argentina - Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal - Real Madrid)
David Villa (Spain - Barcelona)


  • Neutedop - 2011-01-11 13:29

    The 2 teams consist of Barca and Real players - no other player in the world? Geez - seems to easy.

      GT - 2011-01-11 13:42

      2 real and 3 inter, but don't let it worry you. interesting and satisfying to not see one premiership player

  • njabulo.nxele - 2011-01-11 13:49

    sour grapes

  • Homer - 2011-01-11 13:56

    Tottenham would love to play against this team so that Gareth Bale can run circles around Maicon...again. Messi is the best player on the planet and the award justifies that.

      Pieter - 2011-01-12 09:18

      he won the leauge for barca.. he is the best spain have the best team but they dnt have a player better or more influential than him..

  • Eugene - 2011-01-11 14:06

    So i guess its easy to look good when its a two horse race every year ... whats the point of the other Spanish teams again ... oh yea to make real and barca look good. why even bother watching...? And that my friends is why the EPL will always be the best.

      Louise - 2011-01-11 14:26

      sorry, disagree. La Liga is my favourite

      timmarles - 2011-01-11 14:35


      walshcraig - 2011-01-11 14:47

      Eugene, I concur .... Louise loses....

  • himpies - 2011-01-11 14:29

    Firstly Wesley Sneijder should have been in the top 3.He was involved in the treble winning team of Inter and the world cup finalists Holland.I would have liked Vincente Del Bosque to win coach of the year as he guided Spain to the biggest trophy in the world,that being the world cup.

  • AndV - 2011-01-11 14:34

    Messy is by far the best and most exciting player in world football, no doubt. Congratulations to a great player!

  • Malusi - 2011-01-11 14:38

    I thought A iniesta deserved it more tham L messi

  • inhlanzi - 2011-01-11 14:57

    Maybe Fifa too believes Spain was just lucky to win the world cup

  • AjaxFiko - 2011-01-11 15:05

    Sand in your underwear there Spanish FA? he he he Messi is the best and that's my 5c worth!

  • AjaxFiko - 2011-01-11 15:07

    Mesut Ozil should replace Cristiano Ronaldo!

      msawayo - 2011-01-12 13:43

      That is the dumbest thing I have heard and I've heard dumb. Ronaldo is right now the best player in the world even better than Messi. If he continues like this than surely next year he will be player of the year.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-11 15:08

    cumon, spain won 6 games to win the world cup. messi performed brilliantly for 6 months for barca. same with del bosque and jose morinho.

  • Makwassie - 2011-01-11 16:52

    Messi did diddley squad in SA during the SWC. Iniesta should have received it, hands down. Or even that German player. Messi + Ronaldo + Rooney = my boot cleaning squad for the under 14 local school side.

  • Byron Nicholas - 2011-01-11 16:58

    Messi is brilliant. But in terms of consistency and his priceless contribution to both Barca and Spain, I favoured Iniesta to take the prise.

  • Allain - 2011-01-12 10:27

    Messi's humble, friendly, always in a good mood, disciplined on and off the field of play, influencial, fast, pacy with the ball, uses two legs equally, accuracy while passing the ball, scores with his head eventhough is short; Messi is GREAT period.

  • Rajty - 2011-01-12 12:04

    And they say the English league is the best football league...what a laugh...that rumour was probably spread by the English SWC and no World footablla of the Year candidates.....perhaps the english goalkeeper should have got it.

  • Thokzen - 2011-01-12 14:18

    And both this players make Messi's job so easy at Barca. One of them deserved to win this one.

  • Julz - 2011-01-13 13:01

    Messi is good but not the best..he was tested at the highest stage and found wanting!! Didn't deserve it!

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