In surprising news today, the nailed-on favourite to win a vote conducted by FIFA has emerged as the winner of said vote.
It is difficult to build a case against Lionel Messi winning the Ballon D’Or, unless you were going to make the award entirely World Cup-centric. While Xavi has been truly outstanding in the past year – as he always is – in OTP’s opinion backing him was backing the underdog for the sake of it.
Messi’s goalscoring record speaks for itself, especially for a player who is not a striker. And that’s without seeing how he goes about scoring all those goals! You would almost have to choose somebody else over him on the basis of variety being the spice of life.
Thankfully, the majority of national team captains and journalists voting for the award did pick him.
He said: “To be honest, I didn’t expect to win today, but it was already great to be here next to my two mates.
“To win it makes it even more special. I want to share with all of my friends, my family, all the Barcelonistas and the Argentinians.”
Meanwhile, Matty Burrows stunning backheel goal for Glentoran was shunned in the Puskas Award for Goal of the Year. The prize went to Hamit Altintop for this strike for Turkey against Kazakhstan: