Messi did not deserve second place, says Kroos

The Germany international was baffled to see Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer come in only third behind the Argentine forward

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos feels his compatriot Manuel Neuer should have come second in the Ballon d’Or vote behind Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi.

The Argentina international amassed 15.76 per cent of the votes to narrowly pip the Bayern Munich shot stopper – who collected 15.72% of the votes – to second place, but Kroos feels Messi did not deserve to finish ahead of the World Cup winner.

“It’s surprising and a little unfair that Neuer finished behind Messi,” Kroos told Sky Sport News.

“I thought it would be a close call between Manuel and Cristiano.

“Neuer was the best goalkeeper by a long way and Cristiano was the best outfield player. It was between the two of them really.

“Manuel would have been a worthy winner, but Cristiano deserved it, too.”

Kroos was one of four Germany international to make the top 10 of the 2014 Fifa Ballon d’Or, finishing ninth with 1.43 per cent of the votes.

Third-placed Neuer, Thomas Muller (fifth) and Philipp Lahm (sixth) complete the German foursome in the top 10.

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