The Italian was not impressed by the Fifa president’s recent remarks about the Ballon d’Or and feels Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the award a third time
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says it’s impossible “shut up” Sepp Blatter after he claimed Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deserves to win the Ballon d’Or more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Fifa president stated earlier this week that he would prefer the Germany international to win the prestigious individual award following his successful World Cup, but Ancelotti is adamant that Ronaldo should take home the trophy for a second year in succession.
“I’m surprised by the Fifa president’s comments, but he can say what he wants,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
“There’s not much we can do about it. It is impossible to shut up the president of Fifa…
“The Ballon d’Or is something people always start speaking about months before the award ceremony. But there aren’t many things to discuss this year in my opinion.
“If Ronaldo won it last year ahead of players like Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi, then there’s no doubt about it that he will win again this year after winning important titles with Madrid and scoring so many goals.
“For me, Blatter’s comment that Neuer should win it don’t make much sense…”
The 23-man shortlist will be narrowed down to just three candidates on December 1, with the winner to be announced on January 12.