Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Lineker has made fun of England manager Roy Hodgson’s decision to vote for Javier Mascherano in the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or award on social networking site Twitter.
Former Liverpool manager Hodgson rated Barcelona and Argentina international midfielder Mascherano as the best player in the world in 2014.
The 67-year-old Englishman’s second and third picks were Philipp Lahm and his Bayern Munich and Germany international teammate Manuel Neuer respectively.
Hodgson’s choices were odd, to say the least, and Tottenham great Lineker was clearly amused by his compatriot’s picks.
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo, the meritorious winner of the Ballon d'Or!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2015
I see that Roy Hodgson voted: 1 Mascherano 2 Lahm 3 Neuer. You have to love his sense of humour.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2015
Ronaldo and Messi are far and away the best players on the planet, how could they both possibly not be in your top 3?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 12, 2015
Former Fulham and West Bromwich Albion manager Hodgson’s choices are indeed surprising. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi are the two best players in the world by miles, and they were so in 2014 as well.
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is a world-class player and was key in Argentina’s march to the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil in the summer, but putting him in the top-three bracket is a bit too much.