Word on the Tweet: Ashley Cole wants a Spanish passport as Messi love-in continues

Also, Rio Ferdinand bemoans Robin van Persie's exclusion from Fifa's team of the year whilst Phil Neville is too busy preparing himself for the depths of an ice bath
Monday evening saw undisputed king of football Lionel Messi pick up a record-breaking fourth-straight Ballon d’Or, prompting deserved praise from his peers.

Elsewhere, the team of the year was made up solely of La Liga based players - leading Ashley Cole to blame his omission on his, erm, Englishness.

And Cole was not the only Premier League star to be left less than satisfied, with Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand shocked over team-mate Robin van Persie's failure to make the XI.

Read on for all this and more in Goal.com’s latest offering of Word on the Tweet…

“No drama thou its cool this stuff happens #iwantspanishpassport”
Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole thinks he needs a Spanish passport to be included in Fifa’s team of the year! To be fair, Andres Colito has a ring to it...

“Congratulations to Leo Messi for his fourth Ballon D'Or and Vicente del Bosque for being elected best coach!!!”
David Villa praises club team-mate Messi and national team coach Del Bosque following their awards.

“Congratulations Leo, forth time as the best player of #ballondor, you deserve it. And also to @andresiniesta8, huge to be there.”
Ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas also congratulates his Barcelona team-mate following his recording-breaking win.

“How is RVP not in team of the season?? #fifa”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is baffled as to why Robin van Persie was not included in Fifa’s team of the year.

“Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi.”
Sergio Aguero gets swept up in Messi fever - with his national team-mate adding to his already staggering array of personal awards.

“The school run is back....when its not raining its a beautiful thing! En route to training, anticipating a hard session!”
The second part of a Rio double-bill. This time he’s getting back into the routine of taking his kids to school.

“Morning all training later today recovery session bike, stretch, massage and ice baths have a great day!”
Everton captain Phil Neville is bracing himself for another day of training - culminating in an ice bath! Rather you than us, Phil.