Spain is at the top of the soccer world, thanks to winning the World Cup and now every nominee for this year’s “Balón de oro” as well as every coach nominated for Coach of the Year hails from, or works for soccer in Spain. French magazine “France Football,” who in 1956 created the award wrote in this morning’s editorial that in soccer, currently “There’s Spain, and then everyone else.”
To take it one step further: In soccer, currently there’s Barcelona (Barca), and then everyone else. The same Barça that recently pummeled Real Madrid 5-0, owns all three players nominated for this year’s “Balón de Oro,” spaniards Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández and Argentine phenom Leo Messi; Pep Guardiola, the head coach is also nominated for the award, next to Vicente del Bosque, manager of the World Cup winning team, and José Mourinho the Portuguese coach of Real Madrid.
Is not hard to imagine that having three players in the same club be nominated for such a prestigious award could ignite rivalries and ego battles, but this doesn’t seem to be the case with the Barça. All three players are so humble, that there’s no doubt that either one will celebrate its mate’s victory as if it was their own.
Who is your favorite? Who do you think will take the award? Comment below, and link us to your favorite goal of 2010!
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