Wenger: Messi? Ronaldo? The Ballon d’Or is rubbish

Matt Stead

Arsene Wenger has criticised the Ballon d’Or for ‘encouraging selfishness’ after asked of his opinion on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both Messi and Ronaldo, along with every other footballer who has ever walked the Earth, were close to joining Arsenal at one stage, and Wenger was asked who he prefers as debate rages on over the world’s two best players.

“He is the best player in the world – with Messi,” Wenger said.

“Messi has a little advantage on assists.

“But I would go for nobody because it is not my problem at the moment.”

Asked who he is tipping to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, Wenger gave a simple response.

“I can tell you that maybe another day but it encourages selfishness. And it encourages people inside the game to go more for their own gain when others are in a better position.

“You can be no.1 in the world in March and no.250 in May. Sport is always moving.

“I’ve seen careers being destroyed because players are too obsessed with individual rewards,” Wenger added.