BALLON D'OR | COENTRAO
Coentrao slams Platini over Germany support
The Portuguese player, speaking to A Bola, said the ‘campaign’ being run by top executives put them in a poor light.
Fabio Coentrao has defended his team-mate and countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, at the same time as he lashed out at Michel Platini, over what’s being seen in Portugal as a campaign to ensure a German player wins the Ballon d’Or. The Real Mardrid player, in exclusive statements to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, said it would be an “disgrace if Cristiano didn’t win the Ballon d’Or”.
“No matter how much campaigning they do, they’ll never change what the whole world has seen. There has never been a bigger difference between the best in the world and the number two”, said Coentrao, who also stressed the record number of goals, 17, Cristiano scored in the last edition of the Champions League, which he won with Real Madrid. “It’s an incredible record”, said the left back, saying that in addtion to that statistic people also need to take into account “the mountain of goals he’s scored this season already” and the “amazing performances” he puts in, without ever tiring.
“As our coach said recently, let’s talk about next year’s Ballon d’Or, because there’s no point talking about this year’s now; it can only go to Cristiano. In 2014, it’s not hard to recognise that Cristiano was clearly the best in the world”, he said.
Coentrao also criticised individuals such as Michel Platini, UEFA president, for their statements in favour of certain candidates. Platini recently said that the Ballon d'Or winner should come from the German World Cup winning side. “Holding the jobs they do and with the responsibilities they have, for these executives to be carrying out the campaign they appear to be, it just puts them in a bad light. Anyone can see it would be an utter disgrace if Cristiano didn’t receive the Ballon d’Or, which is an individual award, not for a team”.
“The idea you’re left with is that some people want to turn the Ballon d’Or into a political decision, and that’s terrible,” continued Coentrao. “Hearing what some people, who hold jobs of enormous responsibility, are saying, they appear to be declarations designed to influence the decision. And that for me is, at a minimum, ridiculous” said Coentrao.