Platini: Ballon d’Or vote toughest in history
UEFA president Michel Platini says the choice between Lionel
Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery for the Ballon d’Or ”is
the most difficult in the history of the trophy.”
In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the three-time
Ballon d’Or winner from France also joked about FIFA’s decision to
extend the voting deadline by two weeks to Nov. 29.
He says ”it happened to coincide with Portugal reaching the
World Cup thanks to three goals from Ronaldo.”
Platini says that either Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez should
have edged Messi for the 2010 trophy after helping Spain win its
first World Cup in South Africa.
The Ballon d’Or will be awarded on Jan. 13.