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Luis Suarez Admits Ballon D’Or Exclusion Was Right And Tips Barcelona Teammate Lionel Messi For Award

The Uruguayan could have been nominated for his form at Liverpool last season…

Barcelona star Luis Suarez has admitted that it was understandable that he wasn’t nominated for the Ballon d’Or, reports Goal.com.

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The 27-year-old also believes that his teammate Lionel Messi should be the front-runner for the prestigious award. Currently his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is seen as the clear favourite by most neutrals.

The Uruguayan claims that the forward’s season, which included getting to the 2014 World Cup final was more deserving than his fellow finalists.

“Leo reached the World Cup final. Neuer is world champion, whereas Cristiano by contrast was eliminated in the first round with Portugal. Cristiano won the Champions League, but finished third in La Liga, while Neuer went out badly in the Champions League,” said the striker.

He added, “After so many months with many goals is amazing that people do not think of Leo Messi as the favourite. What is clear is that there are different campaigns for people to win.”

On his non-nomination he admitted that he maybe it was right to exclude from the shortlist for football’s biggest individual prize, saying, “It is clear that if the criteria time span went July 2013 until June 2014 then I should have been in from what I had done,”

He continued, “But if you enter the World Cup within the margin of votes, and if the criteria includes how one behaves on the pitch, then maybe I have to admit it’s fine.”

Suarez has made a mixed start to his career at Barcelona, with five assists but only one goal in his eight appearances. He could have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or following his golden boot winning season with Liverpool.

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