The Golden Ball for Kroos?

The Golden Ball for Kroos?
The Golden Ball for Kroos?

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Wednesday June 19, 2024 at 3:50 p.m.

Outsider in the race for the Ballon d’Or, Toni Kroos, who got off to a flying start in the Euro, could well win the trophy before hanging up, if Germany goes all the way.

The question was on everyone’s lips last Friday in Munich, after Germany’s overwhelming victory against Scotland at the opening of “its” Euro (5-1). Why did Toni Kroos, barely 34 years old and still in sparkling form, decide to retire after the competition? During this demonstration against the Scots, he accomplished what no other player had been able to do in the history of the European Championship, delivering 101 passes out of 102 attempted, i.e. 99% success! A new “masterclass” for Kroos who, if he continues at this pace and Germany goes all the way, could well become the favorite for the Golden Ball…

Competing with Vinicius and Bellingham

Especially in competition with his two ex-Madrilenian teammates Vinicius, who is playing in the Copa America, and Jude Bellinhgham, scorer in England’s first match at the Euro, rather than with future Real striker Kylian Mbappé, even more so after his broken nose, Kroos is the main outsider to win this trophy which now rewards the best player of the season, and no longer of the calendar year. Which would necessarily have penalized him, given that he must hang up after this European Championship. Asked last month on the subject, the Real coach admitted that he would like the German midfielder, winner this season of his fifth Champions League and his fourth Spanish championship with the Merengue club, to be consecrated.

Ancelotti: ‘I would like to’

“The Golden Ball for Kroos? I would like to, but he will not win it,” Carlo Ancelotti initially replied. Maybe he can do it, anything can happen. He could fight for the Golden Ball if he wins the Champions League and the Euro with Germany.” After his last match at the Bernabeu, Kroos was also questioned about this possibility. “Throughout my career, I never thought about winning individual titles. I have always thought about trophies with the team, because the rest is a consequence of that”, he initially expressed modestly, before being relaunched on the Italian technician’s desire to see him win the Ballon d’. or “I respect my coach’s opinion as much as possible…”, he concluded with a laugh.

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