Apparently Barcelona forward Lionel Messi believes his teammate and strike partner, Luis Suarez should have been among the top three for the Ballon d’Or.
Both Messi and Neymar were named among the final three for the ballon d’or, with Ronaldo getting the last slot.
Messi doesn’t seem happy about it, as he thinks Luis Suarez also deserved a spot in the top three.
“I’d have liked to be on Ballon d’Or podium with Ney and Luis,” Messi said at the La Liga awards ceremony on Monday night where he was named as the league’s best player for the 2014-15 campaign.
“Luis deserved it, but Cristiano did aswell – we’ll have a good time [at the Fifa gala].”
In addition to his best player award, Messi also scooped the award for best forward in Spain’s top flight last season.
Accepting his trophies, he said: “I’d like to dedicate this award to my son, Thiago.
“When I leave home, he always gets mad and says: ‘Are you going to the goal again?’ Yes, I tell him, I’m going to the goal!
“I am grateful for these awards – after the season the team played, we deserved some recognition, maybe even a little more…”
Neymar, who was named La Liga’s best American player for the last season, also added his disappointment at seeing Suarez miss out on the final three for the Ballon d’Or.
“Being nominated for the Ballon d’Or means a lot,” the Brazilian said.
“Suarez should have been there as well, though – but Messi is the favourite, he’s the number one for me.”
Former Liverpool forward Suarez responded with grace as he watched his two strike partners pocket awards and nominations throughout the day on Monday.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Congratulations, friends!!!! Really proud of you. I’m really glad.”