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It turns out that Spain just aren’t that good

The best goal in the world

For the past few years, Spain have been less like a Juggernaut, crashing through everything with an irresistible force, and more like a slinky, sexy little motorbike, sliding through the tiniest of gaps with speed and grace – almost exactly like that bit in Britney Spears’ Toxic video when she’s riding all sexy-like with a topless man.

Anyway, their ability to win deserted them last night at the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich, where Lionel Messi beat the tiki-taka orchestrators Xavi and Andres Iniesta to win Men’s Player of the Year.

There can be no denying that Messi has been absolutely, breathtakingly brilliant at times (Arsenal fans will probably remember) but The Spoiler would quite like to have seen Xavi pick up the award.

We can only assume the panel of international managers, captains and journalists were torn between Xavi and Iniesta, splitting their vote in the same way that Bob Dylan fans can never decide on his best record in ‘Best Ever Album’ polls. Do you go for Blood on the Tracks? Highyway 61 is pretty good, oh, and Blonde on Blonde… Sod it, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? it is.

There was also a bit of disappointment for Glentoran striker Matty Burrows whose flying-back-heel- pirouette-volley was beaten by Turkey’s Hamit Altintop (see above) in the world goal of the year category. Again, The Spoiler would liked to have seen Burrows win – where’s your sense of romance, voters?

Oh, and Men’s Coach of the Year was the dreamy, Jose Mourinho.

And he also though Xavi should have won.

6 responses so far
  • Maigrir // January 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    It turns out French don’t like Spaniards. Actually, French like nothing better than a good strike…

  • but maigrir // January 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    catalons are basically spaniard- french hybrids. hope this makes a problem on the barca team where i assume everyone secretly wanted xavi to win and jealousy ensues in the team.

  • Amira // January 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Even Messi basically said that he was almost positive that he wouldn’t win and thought it would go to Xavi.

  • brian // January 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    anyone know what the actual final vote count was? was it even close?

    i looked at who voted for who, and there were more than a few people voting for xabi alonso. the chance is probably very small and very unlikely (but not impossible)– but what if there was some name confusion? i mean no disrespect to xabi, he was great and all last season, but i had the same feeling when i saw asamoah gyan’s name there when i saw his. what a kick in the pants it would be if people had actually meant to vote for xavi, not xabi. again, not sure what the final tallies were, so it probably wouldn’t have made a difference.

  • Varun // January 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Good luck with that.
    Barca’s players and even their families are extremely close to each other and Xavi Is extremly matured fellow.

    Vote was 22% to messi, 17 to Iniesta 16 to Xavi,
    Rest o others which is stupid since it should only have been between those 3, FIfa is just idiots here.

    Xavi/Iniesta will have a chance to win in 2012 Euro, no Messi there.

  • V // January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This is just ridiculous. And I’m referring to both awards, the goal and the player.

    Since when has awarding “talent” become a just cause? It used to be about the teamwork and the fucking titles.

    And what about those beautiful team goals that have really set a new bar on international football and gotten world wide praising?


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