Rodri: “It’d be a dream to win the Ballon d’Or but there are other good players in the list”
The Manchester City midfielder said: “It’s a great honor to be shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or list. It’s been a special season for me”.
Rodri, the only Spanish player nominated for the Ballon d’Or, was chosen to face the media in Thursday’s press conference ahead of tomorrow’s European qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi. Spain go into the game fourth in Group A with one win and one defeat - and nine points behind runaway leaders Scotland, who have played two games more.
How important is this match for Spain?
Very important and it will be one of the most difficult in the group. The last time we played Georgia, we had a hard time winning in Tbilisi.
Is Spain still in transition compared to recent years?
We have been in transition in recent years. The World Cup generation is the best in history, and this group is growing and has won the Nations League, which is not easy. Our qualifying group is tough and everything depends on the Georgia game because three vital points are at stake.
Would you be surprised if Lamine Yamal started tomorrow?
Not at all. He only recently turned 16, but out on the pitch he seems much more mature. He is a different player with a promising future.
Would winning the Ballon d’Or be the pinnacle of your career?
It is an honor to be on that list and sure, winning the Ballon d’Or would be a dream. For me it has been a special season, but there are other very good players on that list too.
What do you think of Sergio Ramos’ desire to return to the national team?
That depends on the coach. I cannot comment on the players who are not here. It’s a matter for the coach.
Has the Rubiales case affected the group?
We met on the first day to issue a statement and reset, because we have the games against Georgia and Cyprus in which qualification is at stake.