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Platini thinks an Italian should win

2 November 2006 07:08

TURIN, Nov 2 (SW) – Former Juventus and France midfielder Michel Platini believes that an Italian should win the 2006 Golden Ball.

Platini’s first choice for the award would be goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, with the Frenchman explaining:

“The European Footballer of the Year title should go to an Italian player.

“I would personally give it to Buffon as the time has arrived for another goalkeeper to win the award after Lev Yashin [who won in 1963].

“Fabio Cannavaro would also deserve the prize as he had an excellent World Cup.

“It has always been this way as the Golden Ball is awarded to players who have done well in the World Cup – Paolo Rossi in 1982, Igor Belanov in 1986 and Hristo Stoitchkov in 1994.”

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