Register Login Scores

International

Xavi: Ribery And Cristiano Deserve Ballon d'Or

The Barcelona midfielder feels that teammate Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world but recognises that his rivals on the three-man shortlist have been brilliant in recent years.

Barcelona star Xavi admits that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery both deserve the Ballon d'Or.

Blaugrana attacker Lionel Messi has dominated the award in recent years and, Winning the last four, however Xavi feels that his team-mate could lose out this year.

"Ribery and Cristiano deserve to win the Ballon d'Or but there's no doubt that the best player now - and of all time - is Messi. In any case, I don't vote," he told reporters.

Barca were beaten 7-0 over two legs by Bayern in last season's Champions League semi-finals and Xavi is eager for revenge against the Bavarians.

"I hope that if we play each other again we can be more competitive than last year," he remarked. "Obviously we recognise that they are the favourites."

Spain defend their World Cup crown in Brazil next summer and the veteran midfielder believes the host will be tough to beat in their backyard.

"We're looking forward to it," Xavi declared. "We know it will be difficult and especially against the hosts, Brazil, who are big rivals, as we saw in the Confederations Cup. We'll try to regain our title."

Xavi Hernandez - The Best

Xavi X Vuvuzela

Xavi Pens New Deal

23 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

268 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

48 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

45 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

31 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

CBL: Two Surprise Inclusions For Chiefs

123 Jul 29, 2021 01:01 PM in Soweto Derby

Amakhosi New Boy Enters Naturena Drip Fold

26 Jul 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Pitso Targeting Chiefs Starlet?

81 Jul 29, 2021 11:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates