BY Moses Adeyemi

Lionel Messi did not deserve second place, says Toni Kroos, the Germany international was baffled to see Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer come in only third behind the Argentine forward.

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

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.