Lionel Messi’s fifth-place finish within the 2018 Ballon d’Or vote was “absurd,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde mentioned of the Spanish champions’ Argentina ahead on Tuesday.
Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric took the prize on Monday in Paris after successful the Champions League and being named participant of the event on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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The 33-year-outdated’s triumph ended Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s decade-lengthy reign, with Juventus’ Portugal striker ending second and Messi fifth in a vote by 180 journalists.
“I can’t get into discussing the inconsistencies of the prize,” Valverde instructed reporters.
“We congratulate Modric for successful the Ballon d’Or however Messi being in fifth place is absurd.”
Messi, a 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, led Barca to a La Liga-Copa del Rey double final season however Argentina went out of the World Cup within the final 16 to eventual champions France.
The Barca No. 10 additionally won a document fifth European Golden Shoe after ending with 34 high-flight objectives final season.
Modric obtained 753 factors adopted by Ronaldo on 476, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann with 414 and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe was fourth with 347, forward of Messi on 280.
Barcelona host Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday within the second leg of their Copa del Rey spherical of 32 tie, by which they maintain a 1-zero benefit, though Messi will not be anticipated to function.