Vicente DEL BOSQUE on Ballon d’Or: “It loses something when MESSI isn’t there”


Wth Lionel MESSI not being nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or, the World Cup winning coach put down the award.

Former Spain coach Vicente DEL BOSQUE knows a thing or two about managing top players. From Andres INIESTA to Xavi HERNANDEZ to Iker CASILLAS, he’s seen them all come and go. But with the Ballon d’Or being awarded on Monday, DEL BOSQUE gave his thoughts on MESSI no being nominated. Speaking to Marca, here’s what he had to say:

“I am very surprised that MESSI isn’t there. I think it [the award] loses all value if he is not leading the best players in the world. It is, at the very least, a little strange.”


  1. It’s a joke award and means nothing!! Ballon d’Or lost it credibility when Papa Blatter decided to do the voting again after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2 goals against Sweden in a playoff game, after Portugal was unable to qualify directly for the world cup 2010!!

  2. South American preolympic tournament will born again in 2020 and will held in Columbia with only U23 players (in January-February), its good at least some cohesion will be between the players, but european clubs will not let them, and argentinean clubs are not sure the important 22-23 years old players.

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