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France Football Apologises To Barca Legend Over Ballon d'Or Snub

France Football Apologises To FC Barcelona Legend Over Ballon d'Or Snub

By Keegan Kruger - Apr 25, 2018 03:34 PM @KeeganKruger

France Football magazine has apologised to an FC Barcelona legend for never awarding him the prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy.

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The French publication has handed out the award to the best footballer of the season since 1956, and playmaker Andres Iniesta has lost out twice to teammate Lionel Messi, in 2010 and 2012, despite the Spaniard winning the European Championship and the FIFA World Cup during that period.

The magazine's editor, Pascal Ferre, has now stated his belief that his organisation has made a huge error in snubbing Iniesta for the coveted prize via a piece titled "Perdon, Andres" ("Sorry, Andres").

"He is the best game facilitator of all time," Ferre wrote, as quoted by The Sun.

"Most of his contemporaries complicate their lives, but he has had fun for about 15 years, simplifying everything, without any conceited bad thoughts, just to make the game live.

"Iniesta's talent is to invent for others. Without him, Messi would have gotten tired much faster at Barca.

"His altruism has surely deprived him of even greater recognition. Among the great absences in the Golden Ball prize list, his is painful."

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Iniesta has made 670 appearances for the Blaugrana so far in his career, scoring 57 goals and assisting a further 141 strikes.

Do you think Iniesta deserved to win at least one Ballon d'Or? Have your say in the comments section below.  


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ProffessorS Joined: 03 Apr 2014
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ProffessorS Apr 27, 2018 12:08 PM
Lol...so it's official two of the goat's ballon d'ors were actually supposed to be given to iniesta,but they gave it to the goat so he can compete with cr7...yoooh
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Pirates_999 Apr 26, 2018 08:22 AM
Barca fools are like that mos give credit to one person when Messi got that instead of Iniesta they were all happy, forgot about Andres Iniesta like they doing with Luis Suarez.
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n00447 Apr 26, 2018 05:03 AM
Why apologise now?Is it because Liverpool can win the UCL?Or the part timer wins the UCl so by your prior standards so he gets it?
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barca-baccaneers Apr 26, 2018 03:27 AM
just because of rescuing a sinking ship as if when they were strugling for points in group stages was not there now he disapeared in the hole season and had to be rested in juust 6 games wining is considers best player he cant peform consistantly trough out the season he has to be rested half of season to peform well messi had to peform in three competition through out the season so if you see i knew bavarian were going to lose this becease the were playing with people who just woke up fromm sleeping on three quoters of the season just for one game to suvive anyine fit rested hole season with big xperience and quality look at liverpool what have they dobe to england even roma they had nothing to play for in serie A they play with nothing to lose they retreated before second half
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barca-baccaneers Apr 26, 2018 03:10 AM
why r you discreditin messi then who won world cup and champions league 2014 and bundesliga totaly doubious but got 3 he won everything
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Faysal Apr 25, 2018 10:58 PM
Nonsense
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Athobe Apr 25, 2018 10:07 PM
U will also apologise 2 wesley sneidjer one day
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tinashe nengomasha Apr 25, 2018 09:54 PM
So this mean u messi una 4ballon d'ors my barca
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Zombo Apr 25, 2018 09:51 PM
Lol
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Munangwangwa Apr 25, 2018 06:17 PM
I said it long time ago and you only realize now.. jeses
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Voltaire Apr 25, 2018 05:33 PM
@SL_Hateful_Donkey you are trying to be smart my good sir.
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Voltaire Apr 25, 2018 05:32 PM
@SL_hated_donkey you only gave a half ess answer you didn't even attempt to answer my question, why did the others flop and not benefit from Xavi's and Iniesta's brilliance?
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 25, 2018 05:29 PM
@Voltaire Once you say "WHY", and I say "Because", it means you are answered.
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 25, 2018 05:27 PM
@Voltaire Iyooooo nnaweeeeeeeeeeeeee. I did answer that below. Enough with your EY's petty strategies!
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Voltaire Apr 25, 2018 05:24 PM
Here is the question again... @SL_hated_donkey why was it Messi who only benefitted from Xavi and Iniesta? What about David Villa, Pedro and others who flopped at Barca despite Xavi/Iniesta's presence?
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Voltaire Apr 25, 2018 05:23 PM
@SL_hated_donkey why didn't others benefit. For Argentina trophies they have to rely on Messi but not expect him to do everything at some point he is bound to burn out given the fact that the man hardly gets any rest through out the season unlike CR7 who gets rested before important matches. Have you ever asked yourself why is it hard for CR7 to carry madrid to League glory? Because the season is very long unlike the UCLm
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 25, 2018 05:22 PM
@Voltaire Which question now?
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Voltaire Apr 25, 2018 05:20 PM
@SL_hated_donkey I think I asked a question it will only be pragmatical for you to answer mine first.
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 25, 2018 05:19 PM
@Voltaire Messi is the one benefited because Iniesta and Xavi carried Messi from the age of 12.
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 25, 2018 05:15 PM
@Voltaire And how many trophies did Argentina win with Messi?

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