‘Buffon deserved to be among Ballon d’Or candidates’

Turin, Oct 4 (IANS) Joining the chorus against his captain Gianluigi Buffon’s exclusion from FIFA “World Footballer of the Year” award entries, Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri felt the iconic goalkeeper “surely” deserved to be one of the 59 candidates for the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy.

“I honestly did not expect. Usually the list of Golden Ball players who come with their team have experienced an extraordinary year,” Allegri told the club’s website on Saturday.

“And I think that Juventus last year has reached the Champions League final, has won the Championship, has won an Italian Cup, has won a Super Cup, and that in all that Buffon was among the leaders. Surely he deserved to be among the candidates,” the coach added about the 37-year-old, who also captains Italy.

Buffon, considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers, modestly admitted his surprise on Friday by saying he believed he felt himself to be “among the top five” goalkeepers in the world.

With 150 appearances for the Azzurri, Buffon, a World Cup winner in 2006, is Italy’s most capped player. He is playing for Italian champions Juventus since 2001.

He was also a runner-up in 2006 Ballon d’Or race won by his then national captain Fabio Cannavaro.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here