Madrid blasts Platini over Ballon D'or comments

Madrid blasts Platini over Ballon D'or comments

Friday, November 28, 2014 7:51 pm

Michel Platini: under madrid's attack for Ballon d'or comments

Michel Platini: under madrid’s attack for Ballon d’or comments

Real Madrid on Friday released a statement expressing their “surprise” at UEFA president Michel Platini after he suggested that a member of Germany’s World Cup-winning team should win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for world player of the year in 2013 and has been widely tipped to retain the title for this year after his prolific record in front of goal helped Madrid win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

However, the 29-year-old forward had a disappointing World Cup with Portugal as his country were eliminated in the group stage.

In a statement, Madrid expressed “surprise at (Platini’s) repeated remarks regarding his personal preferences for who should win the Ballon d’Or, especially when he is at the head of the leading body in European football, where we understand that strict neutrality should always prevail.

“Secondly, the Ballon d’Or is an individual prize and not a collective one that is given every year to the best player in the world and we believe that, to maintain its prestige, those who vote should take into account only the individual professional merits of the players.

“And finally, we believe without doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo has had the best year of his professional career from an individual point of view, as well as winning the Champions League, the Golden Boot, setting the record for the leading scorer in a Champions League season, winning the Copa del Rey and being top scorer in the Spanish league.”

They added that he would be “deserving more than ever of winning the Ballon d’Or.”

Ronaldo with UEFA best player award

Ronaldo with UEFA best player award

On Wednesday, Madrid-based sports daily AS reported Platini as saying that a German should win the prize.

“I already said it four years ago. A Spaniard should have won it then because Spain had won the World Cup (in 2010). This year it is Germany,” he said.

As well as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who had won the Ballon d’Or four years running before missing out in 2013, six members of the Germany side that triumphed in Brazil are on the shortlist.

Mario Goetze, scorer of the winning goal in the final against Argentina, and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos are nominated along with Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

UEFA has nothing directly to do with the Ballon d’Or, which is awarded by world governing body FIFA after votes from coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.

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  • opone henry says:

    This is a first class biased, favouritic, unacceptable statement coming from a high football governing official like him​. Is it a World Cup award? Or an individual professional award demonstrated throughout the year/ season? Infact, it is very unfortunate. Besides, I
    wonder the reasoning faculty of some people to compare a player who was
    spectacularly phenomenon through out a long UEFA Champions Season of 9
    solid months, both at individual and club level to those who managed to
    show little class in just 1 month of World cup. Come to think of it, for
    the past 3 months how is the performance so far,of all those who showed
    some class at the World Cup now, both at club and National level when
    compared with CR7 so far after the World Cup? The difference is crystal
    clear. Even an insane man on the street knows this truth and can always
    confirm it. Again, can I shock you, the best players on the globe are
    not all at the World Cup but are duly represented at the UEFA Champions
    League stage. If you say you are a very good player or the best in your
    Country, then you should be in a first class club to future at the UEFA
    Champions League stage where CR7 has been dong it real big through out
    last season, even till now, with his records out there to speak for him.

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