ROBBERY in football is an acronym coined by German Media for the attacking partnership of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. During their prime, the duo were rated among the most ruthless and prolific attacking Partnerships in Football. The Attacking partnership of MSN and BBC are arguably the best in Europe but Robbery which was formed from the names of Ribery and Robben was rated after them.
In this piece however, you won't be learning about the Goalscoring prowess and stats of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. The robbery I want to talk about are the few times that UEFA and FIFA has denied some Players the Player of the year award despite their immense contributions to Football during those years.
In 2012, Lionel Messi got overlooked for the UEFA Player of the year award. In that year, a 25-year-old Lionel Messi outdone himself to set a world record that might remain unbroken for decades. He scored 79 goals for Barcelona across all competitions and another 12 goals for the Argentina National team.
That year, Lionel Messi surpasses Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a single calendar year. The Argentina National recorded a huge 91 goals tally for club and country but when it was time to dole out awards, UEFA gave the Player of the year award to his Barcelona teammate Andre Iniesta that year.
The rationale behind the emergence of Andre Iniesta as UEFA Best player of year was that he contributed greatly to the success of the Spanish National team in the FIFA World Cup and the European Championship.
The 2010 was among the years that FIFA has announced a controversial Winner for the Ballon D'or award. The 2010 was the first year that the Ballon D'or was joined together with FIFA's World Best Player of the year award.
Many thought that Andre Iniesta who scored the Winner for the Spanish National team in the final of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 would have won the award while others thought that Wesley Sneijder who won the UEFA Champions League and Serie A with Inter Milan would have been named.
Apart from his achievements with Inter Milan that Season, Wesley Sneijder also reached the final of the FIFA World Cup before the Netherlands National team eventually lost to Spain in South Africa. In the end, neither Andre Iniesta nor Wesley Sneijder won the Award as FIFA announced Lionel Messi as the winner.
In 2013, Franck Ribery won the UEFA Champions League, German Bundesliga and German Super Cup with Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, he finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi that year.
Perhaps this case is rather minute compared to the others but when you think about it hard enough, you'll admit that it should be on the list.
UEFA announced N'Golo Kante as the Midfielder of the year for 2021 while his Chelsea teammate Jorginho was named the Player of the year. The reality is that N'Golo Kante is a better Midfielder and better Player than Jorginho but UEFA ignored him for the Player of the year award because France did not win the European Championship.
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