Messi Ballon d’Or snub can be unusual

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01 Dec 2018, 22:46 IST
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Ernesto Valverde admits it could be a shock if Lionel Messi misses out on a spot among the many last three nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

Stories emerged in Spain this week to counsel France Soccer’s prize will go to Actual Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, with Cristiano Ronaldo second and Antoine Griezmann third.

If true, it could mark the top of Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance of the award and the primary time the Argentina star has not been within the last three since 2006.

Barcelona head coach Valverde agrees it could be unusual to see the 31-year-old didn’t be recognised for his kind.

“Messi was the very best participant within the first week, second week and fifth week of the Champions League [this season],” he informed a information convention. “He should have performed actually badly within the third and fourth week, then… Ah, no, he was injured!

“What can we are saying? We are able to congratulate the gamers who’re. It’s a little bit unusual, however there you might be.”

Barca resume their LaLiga title defence on Sunday towards Villarreal seeking to finish a two-game winless run, however latest accidents to Samuel Umtiti, Luis Suarez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Arthur have left the squad trying stretched.

Valverde hopes to have Thomas Vermaelen and Arthur again to full health quickly however wouldn’t rule out potential January signings to cowl for the absence of Umtiti.

“Till the window comes alongside, now we have to go together with what now we have,” he mentioned. “We’ll see how Samuel Umtiti’s damage develops and we hope he’ll come again sooner fairly than later. We do not actually know if we’ll should go to the market or not. There are various issues we have to assess between at times. We’ll see. We have time. 

“We now have to outline this stuff this month. We’re coming into January. Umtiti is being very carefully monitored however we all know there is a winter switch window developing. We will not wait 5 months for a call like that; we’d like a robust workforce. However we’re fairly certain we’ll get Umtiti again earlier than the top of the season. 

“It is the worst factor to occur to a coach as a result of it is one thing you’ll be able to’t management. It appears plenty of accidents have come on the similar time. Generally, they’re extra unfold out; typically they appear to occur directly. It means you are keener than ever for the gamers to recover from them. We simply regained some gamers, like [Ivan] Rakitic, [Philippe] Coutinho, we should always have others again very shortly.” 

The sport at Camp Nou will probably be Valverde’s 400th in LaLiga as a head coach, with the 54-year-old going looking for his 183rd win. 

“It is loads!” he mentioned. “If you’re teaching, you do not depend the video games. It is a spherical determine and a giant one. It means I am most likely nearer the top than the beginning.”

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