Iniesta or Ronaldo deserve the Ballon d’Or more than Messi, claims Wenger 2

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Lionel Messi would not have got his vote for the Ballon d’Or, indicating his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo were more deserving instead because of their team accomplishments.


Lionel Messi won the prestigious award for the fourth year in a row in January , securing 41.6 percent of the vote ahead of the other two leading candidates Ronaldo (23.68 percent) and Iniesta (10.91). He has scored an astonishing 91 goals in 69 games from club and country -beating Germany forward Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year.

Wenger believes Messi doesn't deserve a fourth Ballon d'Or

Wenger believes Messi doesn’t deserve a fourth Ballon d’Or

Wenger, who also said that Messi is the best player he has ever seen, believes that the player should not have won the award this time. Wenger added that the Argentine did not win any team trophies and that it should have counted against him. According to him Andres Iniesta should have won it.

This is what he said: “No, not this year. For me Messi is certainly the best player I have ever seen in the game, but I believe that this year he has really been rewarded for what he did individually, rather than what he won for his team.”