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Rodri lashes out at Ballon d’Or for being left out of its top-three list

Manchester City’s ace midfielder Rodri expressed his lack of surprise at being excluded from the top three list of the Ballon d’Or, attributing it to the award’s emphasis on “money and advertising.”

The Ballon d’Or for last October was claimed by Lionel Messi of Inter Miami, marking his record-extending eighth win, with City’s striker Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe following.

Rodri, who secured the fifth spot behind his teammate Kevin De Bruyne, seemed to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the award, suggesting that a significant portion of it is influenced by “marketing.”

On not making the top three list, the Spanish international said in an interview with The Mirror: “I am not surprised. This is normal. I understand very well how things work in these individual awards. They are based on marketing, money and advertising. There have been midfielders before who were also Spanish who did not get what they deserved. Do you understand what I mean? (Laughs). What ultimately matters to me in football is what I achieved collectively.”

As Rodri said, prioritizing winning trophies and contributing to the team’s success outweighs the importance of individual honors like the Ballon d’Or. City’s triumph in securing the treble last season and their strong performance in the current campaign underscore this sentiment.

Remaining contenders in the Champions League, FA Cup, and Premier League title race, City’s upcoming schedule includes a crucial clash against Copenhagen in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday night. Following that, they will host Chelsea in a league match on Saturday.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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