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'Messi didn't belong in the top three' - Felix Kroos dissents on Barca star's FIFA Best showing
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'Messi didn't belong in the top three' - Felix Kroos dissents on Barca star's FIFA Best showing

24-Dec-2020, 12:08 am

Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Champions League 2020-21

Lionel Messi's on-field achievements for Barcelona and Argentina did not warrant his inclusion in the last three forThe Best FIFA Men's Player award this year, according to Felix Kroos.

The 33-year-old took the bronze medal behind Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and familiar rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, who finished first and second respectively.

Yet, in a calendar year that saw Messi struggle to replicate his personal successes as well as emerge empty-handed in the hunt for silverware, his inclusion raised eyebrows in certain quarters.

Now, Kroos - younger brother of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni - has opined that the Blaugrana veteran was undeserving of his spot ahead of other nominees like Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Manchester City'sKevin De Bruyne.

"Lewandowski deserves it, absolutely," the 29-year-old, who plays for German second division outfitEintracht Braunschweig,told his older brother'sEinfach mal Luppen podcast. "But, for me, Messi doesn't belong in the top three, because I don't think he did well this year."

Both Kroos brothers also weighed in on the The Best FIFA Men's Coach award, which was won by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over Bayern supremo Hansi Flick, despite the pair finishing on level points.

The Reds manager was handed the gong due to a higher proportion of votes from national team coaches, edging out the ex-Germany assistant while Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa finished an unexpected third.

While Klopp led Liverpool to a maiden Premier League triumph, Flick - drafted in months into the campaign to replace Niko Kovac - completed acontinental treble, before adding the Super Cup to his haul at the start of the current season.

"Obviously, both of them are great coaches, based on the successes they have both achieved," Toni added. "But Hansi Flick is one of the sports personalities of 2020.

"He didn't just turn his team into treble-winners, they battered most of the teams they played. They hardly ever scored less than four goals per game."


Source : goal.com

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