Toni Kroos is one high-profile footballer that agrees Messi shouldn’t have been given the trophy.
“It’s absolutely not deserved,” Kroos said on his podcast, per Goal. “There is no doubt that Messi, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], has been the player of the last decade, but this year there should’ve been others ahead of him.”
The German added: “For me, Karim would have been the number one if you were really looking for the best individual player of the last year, because I can see from close quarters what an outstanding footballer he is.
“When I see how many decisive goals Cristiano has scored lately – Manchester United are still in the Champions League thanks to him alone – then, in my eyes, Cristiano would have also come before Messi.”
Per the Daily Mail, Kroos went on to say that Jorginho rounded out his top three.
The 31-year-old, of course, played against Messi multiple times in El Clasico.
And, in those games, Messi made a fool of Kroos on countless occasions.
How are we so sure of that? Well, following Kroos’ comments about Messi not deserving the Ballon d’Or, a video has gone viral showing a number of times the Argentine embarrassed him on a football pitch.
Watch it below…
Kroos should know first-hand just how good Messi is.
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When Messi did leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-German in the summer, he may have been very relieved.
Given his comments, the Argentine may be extra-motivated to make him look like a fool the next time they come up against each other on the football pitch.