Arsenal Boss Wenger Slams Ballon d’Or: I am a Team Lover

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The Frenchman is not a fan of the award.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out against the Ballon d’Or award, claiming he does not like it and if he had a vote he would not use it.

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was named this year’s winner on Monday night, lifting the gong for a second successive season and third time in his career.

Ronaldo beat FC Barcelona ace Lionel Messi (a four time winner) and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the trophy, but Wenger believes that the whole thing is nonsense.

“I am totally against the Ballon d’Or, I am a team-lover,” the Frenchman was quoted by Goal.

“I would not vote for anyone, I am completely against it.”

The Ballon d’Or award in its current guise has only existed since 2010, when FIFA decided to merge the World Player of the Year with the original Ballon d’Or.

Since then there has only been two winners – Messi and Ronaldo – as the two forwards continue to dominate the game with their impressive displays of skill and goalscoring capabilities.

Yet clearly if one of Wenger’s players were up for the gong in the future he would not support their bid, with Thierry Henry the last player that it applied too under the 65-year-old’s reign.

Henry came second in the World Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, as well as second for the Ballon d’Or in 2003 also and third in 2006.

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