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Something ‘Messi’ about this year’s Ballon d’Or

Columnists 1 year ago

There’s nothing beautiful about a game so unbalanced in its accolades.


05 Dec 2019
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Something ‘Messi’ about this year’s Ballon d’Or

Jaco van der Merwe.

I feel utterly betrayed by the game we tell ourselves is the beautiful one. Did Lionel Messi really have to go and win the Ballon d’Or this week? Seriously? Doesn’t he have enough of those on his mantelpiece already? It was barely a year ago that Luka Modric set us free from the stranglehold Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had on football’s most coveted player award. For a decade the pair didn’t allow anybody else close to the Holy Grail as they fought it out hammer and tongs, each racking up five titles from 2008 to 2017. But then Modric came...

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