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Inter Milan’s Sneijder – so unlucky to miss FIFA World Player of the Year Nomination

13 December 2010 by

I am really struggling to understand why on earth was that the Inter Milan and Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder not included in as one of the three nominees for the FIFA world player of the year award.

2010 has been a memorable and a successful football calendar for Wesley Sneijder. His club Inter Milan have won all the trophies, the domestic and the UEFA Champions League, in that season and Holland finished as a runner up in the World Cup, which was held in South Africa.

The tiny figure, 5’ 7’’, Sneijder is a player of huge calibre in terms of game reading and awareness. His instinctive playing style makes him one of the best and intelligent football players in the planet. As a product of Ajax’s football academy, his playing style is simple but beautiful to watch. Many predicted that he would be one of the dominant figures of modern day football and how right they were.

FIFA had nominated Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta for player of the year award. When I heard this I was really shocked and found it difficult to understand why Sneijder is not included in the list.

I have no question about Messi’s inclusion as he is in my opinion arguably the greatest football player ever, and have been the best player in 2010. I can understand why Xavi is included. However, Iniesta, a great player he is, didn’t deserve to be in the list. When I looked at the statistics and recollect the performances of these players, Messi and Xavi convinced me to be the nominees but not Iniesta.

In 2009/10 season, Sneijder, 26, had played 46 games for his club and country and scored nine goals. He also made 12 assists. The 26-years-old Spanish international Iniesta, however, played 46, scored one and made seven assists.

In the current football season, 2010/11, Sneijder has played 34, scored nine and made eight assists. Iniesta, however, has played 34 games for his country and club in total, scored six and made eight assists.

Although I hate comparing players ability based on statistics, this was the only choice I have to make my point as both players have been and are fantastically talented and play a style of football I love to watch day in and day out.

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  • Elliot Levy

    You could have also pointed out that all three nominees are of Barcelona which could show a definite bias

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