It is absurd for Messi to finish fifth in 2018 Balloon d'Or -Barca coach Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, on Tuesday, has described Lionel Messi’s fifth-place finish in the 2018 Ballon d’Or as absurd.

Real Madrid and Croatia’s Luka Modric was on Monday named as the winner of the award, breaking the decade-long dominance by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite winning the Player of the Tournament at the 2018 World Cup, Valverde said, “I will not get into discussing the inconsistencies of the prize,” Valverde told reporters.

“We congratulate Modric for winning the Ballon d’Or but Messi being in fifth place is absurd.”

Modric got 753 points followed by Ronaldo with 476. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann with 414 and Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe was fourth with 347, ahead of Messi on 280.

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