Lionel Messi not chosen by Spanish Prime Minister as one of his top three players

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When being asked who your top three players in world football are, you would be near-enough expect to have Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi battling for the top two spots.

However, when Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, was asked the question, he did not include the Argentine magician from his list to win the Ballon d'Or.

Rajoy went on to claim that he didn't feel the Barcelona superstar deserved to be on stage in Switzerland for the annual award held on January 11.

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It was no surprise to see Ronaldo top the Spanish PM's list, as he is openly a Real Madrid supporter and believes the Los Blancos' superstar should retain the title.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, in a radio interview with COPE last week - Rajoy was pushed for his thoughts on the world's best three players, to which he responded by leaving the Argentine out of the list.

He said: "As a Madridista, if I had to vote, I would give it to Cristiano Ronaldo. Silver for Iniesta, because he is a great player and a man of values, and Luis Suarez is an absolute star. He's a real fighter."

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, which in all honesty the Spanish PM hasn't chosen a bad top three, however, to leave out a phenomenal footballer such as Lionel Messi, you do have to question what his reasons are.

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Could it be the fact he has been a thorn in the side of Madrid and spoils their party on almost every occasion?

Or could it simply be a political thing? After all, Messi has been allegedly avoiding to pay his taxes.

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