Robben: I'm not a candidate for Ballon d'Or

The Dutchman has ruled himself out of contention for the individual award and is confident Pep Guardiola will not sacrifice creative players in favour of tactics

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben does not see himself as one of the leading candidates to win this year’s Fifa Ballon d’Or.

The Netherlands international has been tipped as one of the outsiders to win the prestigious individual award following his heroics in the 2-1 Champions League final win over Borussia Dortmund and his role in Bayern’s treble win.

However, the 29-year-old feels the Bavarians’ successful 2012-13 campaign was a team effort rather than down to individual players.

“I do not see myself as a candidate to win the Fifa Ballon d’Or,” Robben told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Individual awards mean a lot less than trophies you win with the team.

“Bayern won because we were a team. We don’t have a player like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but are strong as a unit.

“It’s difficult to single out one individual star. Nobody at Bayern really cares about the Ballon d’Or as far as I know.”

The winger then went on to discuss Bayern’s style of play under new coach Pep Guardiola and insisted there will still be room for creativity under the former Barcelona trainer.

He added: “We are a team and all have our own role. Pep knows how all of us play. I don’t think that he will ask me to dribble less or go on fewer runs. If you do that, you eliminate my strengths.

“I don’t think that Pep will sacrifice creativity.”

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