Related

Article

Conte backs Pirlo for Ballon d´Or

23 November 2013 03:23

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has endorsed midfielder Andrea Pirlo for the game's highest individual honour - the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Pirlo has been shortlisted for the award, for which voting has been extended - culminating on November 29 ahead of the announcement on January 13 in Zurich.

The 34-year-old has helped Juve to back-to-back Serie A titles of late, and was also a World Cup winner in 2006, and Conte believes the veteran should outdo hot favourites Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"It is difficult to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, but I would always give the Ballon d'Or to Pirlo," Conte told Verissimo.

"He is our player and may God keep him safe."

Pirlo has recently been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, although Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed making a play for the Italian when his contract at Juventus Stadium expires in mid-2014.

Ancelotti coached Pirlo at Milan as they won the UEFA Champions League title twice for the San Siro club.

Sponsored links

Sunday 19 April

Saturday 18 April

23:42
23:27
23:16
22:48
22:44
22:36
22:06
21:57
21:53
21:38
21:35
21:30
21:26
21:15
21:10
21:07
20:57
20:54
20:48
20:36
20:30
20:28
20:24
20:19
20:16
20:11
20:01
20:00
19:50
19:45
19:32
19:32
19:30
19:23
19:23
19:23
19:16
18:58
18:54
18:04
18:02
18:01
17:56
17:56
17:34
17:20
15:47
13:55
13:24
12:18
11:11
10:23
10:08
08:53
06:14
05:30
04:09
03:26
03:06

Friday 17 April

23:58
23:50
23:28
22:45
22:34
22:30
21:02
20:22
18:50
18:48
17:57
17:30
17:16
17:03
16:46
16:46
16:38
16:04
15:46
15:36
15:16
14:58
14:37
14:33
14:29
14:21
14:11
13:55
13:49
13:43
13:36
13:23
13:22
13:02
12:33
12:17
11:57
11:52
11:18
10:59
10:35
09:09
08:28
07:32
07:25
07:02
05:26
03:37
03:12
02:47
02:38
01:26
01:06
01:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 31 +44 73
2 31 +28 58
3 30 +19 57
4 30 +13 50
5 31 +7 50

Facebook