I hate Ballon d'Or-Wenger

wengArsene Wenger has lashed out concerning the football’s obsession with the Ballon d’Or and says he does not want anyone to win the game’s most distinguised individual prize.

The debate over which player will be handed the award in January rages on, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery the favourites to wrestle the crown from four-time winner and current holder Lionel Messi.

But Arsenal boss Wenger revealed that he is totally against the notion of individual prizes in a team sport and says he will fight bring to an end the trophy’s existence.

The 64-year-old told Telefoot: “Who do I want to win this year? I do not want anyone at all. I am against individual awards. This is an endorsement of an individual which goes against the essence of our sport.

“I fightlike a mad man against the award, which hurts football. Unconsciously, the player is prompted to favour individual performance over that of the team.”

Fifa recently extended the voting deadline for the prize from November 15 to November 29, with the winner of the 2013 Ballon d’Or set to be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 13.


Adeyemi Adesanya

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