Barcelona’s midfield maestro, Xavi Hernandez, has revealed three players who he thinks deserve the Ballon d’Or. And, guess what, Ronaldo is not even in the third spot. In an interview to Sport, Xavi said:
“In first place I would have Leo Messi, second Philipp Lahm, and third Javier Mascherano.”
When asked about the Portuguese and Real Madrid star striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi commented:
“He didn’t do much in the World Cup, and in a World Cup year, the season is defined by that”
However, in reality, Cristiano Ronaldo is being considered as hot-favorite to lift this year’s shiny, coruscating Ballon d’Or trophy, thanks to his vivacious performance in UEFA Champions League and his dazzling, stellar form in La Liga. Only 14 La Liga games and he has already netted twenty-five goals, making him top-scorer in La Liga.
The award will be announced on a star-studded evening, on January 12, 2015, in Zurich, Switzerland. Till then, we can only predict and anticipate for who will win the coveted prize. But do tell us, whether you agree with Xavi or not?