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"It's absolutely not deserved," Kroos said on his official podcast.
"There is no doubt that Messi, with Cristiano [Ronaldo], has been the player of the last decade, but this year there should've been others ahead of him."
"For me, Karim would have been the number one if you were really looking for the best individual player of the last year, because I can see from close quarters what an outstanding footballer he is," Kroos added.
The 33-year-old has made a strong end to 2021, and scored 16 goals in 18 games across all competitions this season. This includes five goals in as many Champions League appearances, and 11 goals in 13 La Liga outings.
But despite Kroos' calls for Benzema to win the Ballon d'Or, there was huge outrage that the golden ball wasn't awarded to Lewandowski.
Messi may have been the winner on the night, but the controversy surrounding this year's Ballon d'Or looks set to rumble on.
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