Wesley Sneijder, the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star, believes he should have won the 2010 Ballon d’Or instead of Lionel Messi.
In the remarkable 2009–10 season, Wesley Sneijder played a pivotal role in Jose Mourinho’s Inter, securing victories in the Champions League, Coppa Italia, and Serie A. Despite his outstanding contributions, Sneijder’s Netherlands faced defeat to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi clinched the La Liga title and, subsequently, his second Ballon d’Or. Wesley Sneijder has since expressed his belief that he deserved the prestigious individual award over the Argentine.
“It was a little unfair that I didn’t win the 2010 Ballon d’Or and Messi did.“ Sneijder said in an interview with Egyptian channel Alhayah TV, reported by Diario AS.
Wesley Sneijder: I would choose the Chmpions League over Ballon d’Or
“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.”
In the final voting for the 2010 Ballon d’Or, Wesley Sneijder secured fourth place with 14% of the vote. Messi received 22%, surpassing his Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta (17%) and Xavi (16%). Although Sneijder acknowledges his major career regret is losing to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, he still expresses some disappointment over Messi’s victory in the Ballon d’Or. Sneijder retired from professional football in 2019.
Wesley Sneijder, who retired from professional football in 2019, is currently associated with FC Utrecht in an undisclosed capacity. The Dutchman concluded his playing career in 2019, finishing his final season with the Qatari club Al-Gharfah.