Wesley Sneijder: The Controversy Surrounding the 2010 Ballon d’Or Award

2023-12-05 08:25:00

Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder said he deserved the 2010 Ballon d’Or award more than Lionel Messi. The Inter Milan and Real Madrid legend said it was unfair to give Messi the Ballon d’Or.

In 2023, Messi made history by winning the eighth Ballon d’Or award in his career. Messi won the award by beating young stars Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Following this achievement, Messi also became the oldest player to win the Ballon d’Or.

After Messi won the award, there were criticisms from many quarters. Many people said Messi deserved the award. One of them was Dutch superstar Wesley Snyder.

The actor said this in an interview given to Alhaya TV. In addition, Snyder said that the 2010 Ballon d’Or was actually deserved.

It is a little unfair that I was not selected for the 2010 Ballon d’Or award. Lionel Messi won the award instead of me.

I’m not the kind of person who cries over such things. The Ballon d’Or is an individual award. I have always loved winning trophies with the team.

If I had to choose the Champions League title and the Ballon d’Or award, I would definitely choose the Champions League. I will be very happy with that achievement,’ said Snyder.

In 2010, Sneijder was instrumental in helping Milan win the UEFA Champions League. Apart from this, Sneijder won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia title with Inter.

The player had nine goals and 15 assists in 41 matches for Inter under Jose Mourinho.

In the 2010 World Cup, the Dutch team also performed brilliantly. Although they lost to Spain in the final, Snyder’s performance was very good. With this, the fans firmly believed that the actor will win the Ballon d’Or.

But Lionel Messi won the second Ballon d’Or in his career. Messi went on to win the Ballon d’Or six more times and it wasn’t until his retirement in 2019 that Sneijder matched his 2010 performance and became the Ballon d’Or front runner.

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