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'Absolutely not deserved' - Kroos on Messi's Ballon d'Or win

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or award
Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or award / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

Real Madrid's star midfielder, Toni Kroos has hit out at the decision to award Argentina icon, Lionel Messi the Ballon d'Or award this year - claiming that the striker did not deserve to win the honour as they were other players ahead of him.

Messi won a staggering seventh Ballon d'Or award on Monday, thereby extending his lead over long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo to two awards, though many believed that Bayern Munich hitman, Robert Lewandowski should have deserved to win the honour this time around.

While many claim that Messi deserved to win the award, Kroos does not agree by stating that fellow team-mate, Karim Benzema has been the finest individual player of the year and that Ronaldo enjoyed a better 12 months than Messi.

"It's absolutely not deserved. There is no doubt that Messi, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], has been the player of the last decade, but this year there should've been others ahead of him. For me, Karim would have been the number one if you were really looking for the best individual player of the last year, because I can see from close quarters what an outstanding footballer he is," he said on his official podcast.

"When I see how many decisive goals Cristiano has scored lately - Manchester United are still in the Champions League thanks to him alone - then, in my eyes, Cristiano would have also come before Messi."

According to the Dailymail, the German confirmed that his top three picks for this years award would have been Benzema, Ronaldo and Jorginho.