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Xavi believes Sneijder should have been included in the Ballon d'Or top three...

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has slammed the decision to exclude Inter star Wesley Sneijder as one of the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

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The 26-year-old Dutchman was previously considered one of the favourites for the award before the three finalists were announced due to his crucial role in Inter's treble achievement in 2009-10, and leading the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.

The Spain international also spoke about the Blaugrana's recent victory over Real Madrid, and their form in the Champions League.

"For me, beating Real Madrid is at the top of my list, as they are one of our biggest rivals," he told Sport.es. "It was a fantastic thing, especially the scoreline.

"A lot of people don't support us for doing so well in both the league and Champions League. They cannot wait to lay the boots into us.

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"As for Sneijder, I know that in Italy they are angry because he is not one of the finalists. I can only agree with them. The Dutchman has had a fantastic year," he concluded.

Xavi and Barcelona team-mates Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are the final three nominees for the prestigious award.

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