Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is treading the tightrope of upsetting his club’s touchy supporters after giving Barcelona’s Xavi his backing for the Ballon d’Or.
The ex-Liverpool man overlooked Real Madrid candidates Iker Casillas, Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and, well, himself to suggest that the one-man Barca passing machine is most deserving of the accolade.
Alonso told DT magazine: “I like to look for players who have been spectacular on the pitch in recent years, and Xavi represents this.”
It is difficult to dispute this, but if OTP played for Real Madrid we would keep our mouth shut. Think of Cristiano’s ego, at least.