Wesley Sneijder makes bold 2010 Ballon d’Or claim over Lionel Messi

Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder claims he should have won the 2010 Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi.

Sneijder enjoyed a superb campaign in 2009/10 campaign, as Jose Mourinho’s Inter won the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.

That was also followed by a 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain for Sneijder’s Netherlands in South Africa.

Messi won the La Liga title in 2009/10 and the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, as he eventually scooped his second Ballon d’Or award.

Sneijder finished fourth in the final vote list for the 2010 trophy, with Messi receiving 22% of the vote, ahead of his Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta (17%) Xavi (16%), with Sneijder on 14%.

The frustration over Messi’s win is still a sore subject for Sneijder, who retired from football in 2019, but defeat to Spain in the final is the greater regret of his career.

“It was a little unfair that I didn’t win the 2010 Ballon d’Or and Messi did“, as per an interview with Egyptian channel Alhayah TV, via Diario AS.

“But, I’m not a guy who cries about that. The Ballon d’Or is an individual award, and I prefer to win collective trophies.

“If I had to choose between the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or, I would choose the Champions League I won, I’m very happy with that title.

“We deserved to win in the 2010 final against Spain, but they were incredible and beat us. Reaching the final was a wonderful achievement that I dreamed of and I’m still heartbroken to have lost.”

Sneijder’s fourth place spot in 2010 was the sole time he finished inside the top ten Ballon d’Or vote in his career.

Tags Andres Iniesta Lionel Messi Wesley Sneijder Xavi


  1. world best is full of corruption and still counting, designed for specific player(s)(cleaque), so u dont belong this group. the honour is nolonger honourable – a shame just like the last world cup designed for an individual – go and ask vanghal. sincerely you were the best that year, no one can change it with manufactured lies.

  2. Imo wesley sneijder definitely without any doubt whatsoever should have won it that year and not messi and this is coming from a barca and messi fan,it was not just a little unfair it was a disgrace he didn’t win it that year tbh am i surprised hell no.

      1. 1-2 and more CLs than entire epl, racist subhuman mong with aut. Ism, sch.zop. renia and profound mentaI issues.🫵😆

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