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Wenger Furious at Henry FIFA Snub

Arsene Wenger is furious that his striker and captain, Thierry Henry, has been snubbed from FIFA's World Player of the Year award. The list is now down to three, with Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, retired France captain Zinedine Zidane, and Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho all vying for soccer's top individual prize. Wenger has repeatedly claimed that the individual achievements of Henry last year outweigh those of his counterparts: he brought a young Arsenal team to the UEFA Champions League final, helped France to reach the World Cup final, and he led the English Premier League in scoring. A great year for any player, to be sure, but when you consider that Cannavaro won the World Cup and Italy's domestic league and cup with Juventus (before both were stripped), and that Ronaldinho won Spain's domestic league and the UEFA Champion's League with Barcelona, Henry's achievements look somewhat smaller. Nevertheless, Wenger claims that both FIFA and European press place too much emphasis on the World Cup, which he says is "the lowest level in football you can see at the moment, when you speak about elite football," adding, '"To be consistent in a big championship like in England or in the Champions League for me would be much more appropriate than three weeks in the World Cup." Regardless of what Wenger thinks about the level play in Germany, the World Cup remains the pinnacle of achievement in world soccer, so it pulls a lot of weight in FIFA's player rankings. If there's ever a time to bring you're A-game, it's during the World Cup, which is precisely why you see Cannavaro and Zidane's name on the list and not Henry's. Ronaldinho, by the way, gets on the list for leading Barcelona to the La Liga and Champions League titles, but watch, he won't win the award.

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