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Mourinho: 'Messi Cannot Win Four Ballon d'Ors and Cristiano Just One'
La Marca, October 19th, 2012 12:42PM

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TAGS:  barcelona, fifa, real madrid, spain


In an interview with France Football, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has once again said his star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, should win the coveted FIFA Ballon d’Or, formerly known as the FIFA World Player of the Year award, for 2012 instead of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who has won the trophy for the last three years in a row. “Surely Messi can’t win four Ballon d’Ors and Cristiano just the one,” Mourinho said in the interview.

And he has said so before. Speaking to Portuguese newspaper A Bola earlier this year, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach said, "Let's not joke about. The Ballon d'Or for the best player will either go to Ronaldo or Messi. But it makes me think: Should you win the Ballon d'Or without winning consecutive titles and without winning anything important? I don’t want to hear about the Intercontinental Cup, which I don’t want my team to play in, or the Supercopa de España."

Mourinho is not alone in speaking out against Messi winning the title for a fourth year in a row. Earlier this month, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that he doesn’t think his former Barcelona teammate should take the award again. "[Messi] had a great season personally but he didn't win much with his team,” Ibra said. “He's already won the trophy three times and, if it goes on like that, it'll be difficult for anyone else to get it. It's time someone else won it."

The FIFA Ballon d’Or for 2012 will be presented on January 7th, 2013.  

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