Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos appeared on a podcast with his brother, Felix, who slammed FIFA’s decision to award former Arsenal goalkeeper, Emi Martinez, the Best Goalkeeper gong, saying it was a ‘joke’ and ‘no one knew him before the World Cup’.
On Monday evening, the FIFA The Best awards were held to recognise the best players and coaches over the course of the football year.
The results of the individual prizes awarded by FIFA are always controversial, and this year’s event was no exception.
The awards ceremony was criticised by many players, including Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and his brother Felix.
During a weekly podcast, the Kroos brothers lashed out at some of the winners, with Felix being particularly outspoken.
He criticised the awarding of the best goalkeeper trophy to Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez, calling it a “joke.”
“How do you get the Argentina goalkeeper to win?,” Kroos said.
“No one knew him before the World Cup, he made some good saves, especially in the final, but he wasn’t even the best goalkeeper in the tournament!”
Felix’s criticism of Martinez winning the award has been echoed by many fans and analysts on social media.
Toni Kroos, on the other hand, was more reserved in his criticism, limiting himself to a few vague considerations.
He said that Real Madrid players’ absence from the awards was not surprising, and that World Cup winners are always ‘privileged’, so he was not surprised to see Lionel Messi win the top award.
The awards are often criticised for being influenced by popularity and not reflecting the true performances of the players and coaches.