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

Tuesday 28 March

17:16
17:11
16:24
14:58
14:37
14:13
13:58
13:58
13:38
13:05
12:58
12:50
12:27
12:16
12:05
11:49
11:32
10:57
10:41
06:30
03:07
02:46
02:18
01:06
00:19

Monday 27 March

23:59
23:50
23:23
21:15
20:37
19:55
19:49
18:59
18:39
18:28
18:05
17:38
17:08
16:43
15:34
14:51
14:28
14:13
13:42
12:37
12:21
12:16
11:27
11:10
09:53
09:25
06:48
05:56
04:24
03:21
01:05
00:42
00:35
00:29
00:02

Sunday 26 March

23:57
23:45
23:28
23:09
23:00
22:47
22:01
21:47
21:26
21:13
21:12
20:55
20:30
19:54
19:52
19:40
19:04
18:54
18:53
18:22
18:12
18:00
17:24
17:18
16:55
16:30
16:16
15:32
15:14
14:42
14:35
14:11
13:57
13:27
12:32
11:46
10:53
09:54
04:22
03:39
00:37
00:30
00:05
00:03
00:02

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 29 +40 73
2 29 +38 65
3 29 +36 63
4 29 +20 57
5 29 +24 55

Facebook