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.