Del Bosque: A Spanish player should have won Ballon d'Or

The successful coach feels his players have undeservedly been overlooked for the individual award and has underlined the importance of a united squad

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has voiced his frustration with the lack of individual recognition for Spanish players as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated Ballon d’Or elections in recent years.

The Real Madrid attacker won the prestigious individual award in 2008 and in 2013, while the Argentina international took home the trophy in the four years in between, with players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta missing out.

Del Bosque, however, believes one of the players who guided Spain to glory at Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 should have won the election at some point following their success at international level.

“You have to consider those who are in the running, who are obviously very good players,” Del Bosque said at a press conference.

“But when a team wins, like we have with the European Championships and the World Cup, I think that those successes should be recognised individually.

“I’m not going to put any names forward but I do think there was a moment when a Spanish player deserved to win the Ballon d’Or.”

Del Bosque then went on to stress it’s vital for Spain that there’s no more friction between Barcelona and Real Madrid players if they are to be successful at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

“With good relationships amongst the players, we will be a little closer to success.”

Spain lifted their first world title in South Africa in 2010 and could become only the third nation to retain the title after Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962).

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