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

Friday 19 January

Thursday 18 January

23:27
22:59
21:40
21:16
20:50
19:47
19:33
18:10
17:41
17:27
17:04
16:54
16:43
15:54
15:09
14:08
13:34
13:10
12:36
12:16
12:03
11:16
11:02
10:28
09:54
09:16
06:51
04:24
02:31
01:30
01:27
00:41
00:37
00:22

Wednesday 17 January

23:57
23:54
23:20
22:57
22:57
22:24
20:58
20:24
19:17
18:47
18:27
18:07
18:02
16:49
15:08
14:31
14:24
13:03
12:21
11:36
10:41
09:57
09:18
04:44
04:11
03:05
02:57
02:07
01:15
00:25
00:11

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +31 51
2 20 +34 50
3 20 +20 42
4 19 +24 40
5 19 +16 39

Facebook