Jose Mourinho believes that the Ballon d’Or is bad for football…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the obsession some clubs have with the Ballon d’Or award is unhealthy, due to it highlighting individualism rather than working for a team.
Reports on Goal.com explain that Mourinho’s comments came on the same day as Real Madrid entered a public spat with Michel Platini over the award.
Uefa president Platini claimed earlier this week that this year’s award should go to a member of Germany’s World Cup winning squad, not Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who is favourite for victory, and that did not go down well with the Spanish giants.
Mourinho, who wants to promote the values of team work and unity among his players, believe the award works against his aims. The Portuguese claimed: “This kind of trophy, the Ballon d’Or, is not good for football.”
“This is why I don’t care about it. Sometimes it looks like we are looking for stars, we are looking for some people to be more important than others. And this is not the culture we want in this club.
“I don’t care about it. But it’s there. It’s there as a consequence of the good work the team is doing. And, if they feel that, okay. It’s good for them. But the mentality here is not to be worried about that. Even less being obsessed with that.
“When I see these two names, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, I think clearly they don’t think about it. They think about the team, about playing well and trying to win matches.”
Mourinho won Fifa’s Coach of the Year award – which is handed out in the same ceremony as the Ballon d’Or – in 2010 after guiding Inter to treble glory and has since come second and third.
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