Platini: Fifa have changed Ballon d'Or for the worse

The Uefa president and former winner of the award believes Franck Ribery’s failure to land the 2013 prize proves team success is no longer taken into account for the nominees

Uefa president Michel Platini believes the Ballon d’Or has suffered a change for the worse since Fifa took charge of the prize.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2013 winner on Monday ahead of Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery – the second time he has lifted the trophy in total, but only the first since the merger of France Football’s prize and the Fifa World Player of the Year award.

Although Platini feels Ronaldo was a worthy recipient, he believes Ribery’s failure to be named the winner after leading Bayern Munich to an historic treble in 2013 proves that team successes are no longer taken into account when votes for the prize are cast.

“Ronaldo is a beautiful Ballon d’Or winner, but I am very disappointed for Franck Ribery,” he told L’Equipe 21.

“Seriously, next year or the next again, it will come back to Messi or Ronaldo again. For 50 years, I think the Ballon d’Or took into account results and titles and this is no longer the case.

“I think if Franck didn’t win it in the year when he won all the titles, there is a problem, as was the case with the Spanish players in 2010.

“There is something that has changed in the Ballon d’Or since it went to Fifa.”

Platini himself won the award on three consecutive occasions from 1983-85.

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