Every competent manager understands that without a tireless, uncompromising as well as effective ball-winner in the middle of the park, it is exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to properly field a championship side.
With this in mind, it is hard to know exactly how Argentina’s alleged World Cup “star” LIONEL MESSI of Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona could have possibly bagged the coveted and prestigous FIFA BALON D’OR, particularly in light of the would-be magician’s spectacular failures as well as breath-taking disappearing act against organized and prepared Germany at the quarterfinal stage in South Africa.
LITTLE LEO THE TOOTHLESS # 10 LION was, much to the chagrin of Cheerleader-In-Chief Maradona, overwhelmed by the jungle that is the FIFA World Cup and scored no goals despite being credited with 30 shots for the 2010 tournament.
It is interesting to note but for the last-gasp effort of Real Madrid goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS to just barely deflect the ball from Holland winger ARJEN ROBBEN on the breakaway in the second half, the Netherlands — and not Spain — are FIFA World Cup champions for 2010.
Perhaps a more worthy recipient of the honor, which is supposed to be reserved for the best footballer on the entire planet, might have been Holland defensive midfielder NIGEL DE JONG on English Premier League club Manchester City.
After all, the Dutchman did score as many goals for the Netherlands as did Messi for Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.