Del Bosque: La Liga privileged to have Messi and Ronaldo

The Spain boss has highlighted the importance of high-profile names for the Spanish top flight and has stressed Iker Casillas remains a key figure for the national side

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque feels the presence of stars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo benefits La Liga, before adding that he does not care whether the Barcelona man, the Real Madrid star or Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery wins the 2013 Fifa Ballon d’Or.

Messi has won each edition of the award since the Ballon d’Or merged with the Fifa World Player of the Year award in 2010, but the Argentine faces stiff competition from the Portugal international and the Bayern winger this time around.

“I think it’s very good for Spanish football to have players like Messi and Ronaldo,” Del Bosque told Libertad FM.

“They never go long without scoring a goal and it’s a privilege for La Liga to have players like them.

“I have no idea who will win the Ballon d’Or and I must admit that I do not really care. The three candidates are all very good and there’s no shame in losing to any one of them.”

Del Bosque then went on to discuss the position of Iker Casillas following the goalkeeper’s substitute role at Real Madrid and insisted that the experienced shot-stopper’s changed status does not affect his role for Spain.

He added: “Iker is active and training. He is playing in the Champions League and I don’t see any problems. Physically he’s fine.”

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