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Spain defender: Messi still best

By | 9th July 2010

Lionel Messi’s World Cup ended in tears as Argentina were crushed by Germany in the quarterfinals. However, as the player’s select few critics continue to point out his failure to shine at the national stage, his club captain Carles Puyol suggests that that Messi will go on to win all the major individual accolades this season.

Comparing Messi’s year to that of fellow Barcelona player Xavi and Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, Puyol said: ”Sneijder is one of the best players, yes, but to decide on who is the best, it’s difficult.

“He is an important player, all the attacks pass through him, he scores goals and provides crucial passes, so you always have to watch him,” Puyol added about the man all Spaniards will be extremely wary of during Sunday’s World Cup final.

“As far as the Ballon d’Or is concerned, both Sneijder and Xavi have been good all year and they would deserve it. But, for me, Leo Messi is the favorite”, he concluded.

Puyol’s controversial argument in Messi’s favor will surely go on to reignite the traditional debate about players favoring club football over glory at the national stage. Considering that Messi left South Africa without scoring a single goal this summer, though, it can be argued that Puyol is only lifting the deflated spirit of a key Catalan teammate.



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