Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has slated Barcelona star Lionel Messi and the Ballon d’Or…
Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has launched a surprising attack on the Ballon d’Or, causing it a political prize that Lionel Messi does not deserved to win, according to reports on Goal.com.
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The Barcelona and Argentina star is one of three remaining nominees, alongside favourite Cristiano Ronaldo and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but has had an indifferent year by his own high standards.
“Messi is one of the most talented players I’ve faced, if not the best, but I don’t think he’s had a season to deserve the Ballon d’Or,” Filipe Luis told reporters. “Although it seems a political prize, Cristiano has done far more than anyone else to win.”
The Brazilian full-back went on to admit that Atletico’s defeat by Los Blancos in the Champions League final this year – which came about after Sergio Ramos equalised with an injury-time header – left him hurting throughout the summer as he sealed a transfer to Chelsea.
“That late corner hurt a lot. It was a very bitter holiday, despite us winning the league,” he remarked. “It’s true there were only two minutes left but Real Madrid deserved to win.
“They’ll be a very difficult opponent in any knockout tie. They have confidence and have shed the burden of La Decima. That, together with the quality they’ve put together, make Real Madrid a very powerful rival.”
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