San Siro star the unfortunate victim of a rule change.
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Earlier this year, FIFA merged their World Player of the Year award with the Ballon D’Or from France Football – and it has emerged that Wesley Sneijder was desperately unfortunate to miss out.
The two awards in their separate forms had different voting criteria – journalists from around the world voted for the Ballon D’Or, while national team managers and captains voted for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Now all vote for one award, and it has been revealed that World Cup finalist and Treble winner with Inter Milan Wesley Sneijder would have won the more prestigious Ballon D’Or under the old voting system.
With the new rules in place, he didn’t even make it into the top three, while Lionel Messi would have finished fourth.
Messi is widely regarded as the best player in the world, but while he scored an extraordinary amount of goals, on a team level his year was not the greatest.
Barcelona won La Liga with a record number of points, but fell short in the Copa Del Rey and UEFA Champions League for his club – and World Cup for his country. It is a shame that Wesley Sneijder didn’t even make the podium despite being the heartbeat of both the Internazionale team under Jose Mourinho and the Netherlands with Bert Van Marwijk.
Surely having the best year is what the best player of the year is about? If it is just about goals then surely Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to be higher in the nominations.
What’s worse still is that Colombia captain Mario Yepes has revealed that while the results said that he voted for Xabi Alonso, he actually meant to vote for Barcelona star Xavi.
Xabi Alonso achieved 19 votes overall, but meaning no disrespect to the Real Madrid player’s ability – who incidentally won nothing at club level in 2010 – could more of them have been intended for his compatriot Xavi?
It slightly discredits the award when the voters cannot spell the name of who they want to win.
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