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Arsène Wenger: I’m totally against the Ballon d’Or award

• ‘I’m totally against it. I am a team lover,’ says Arsenal manager
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Arsène Wenger says he would refuse to vote in the Ballon d’Or as he disagrees fundamentally with the premise of the award. Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the headlines this week after he was crowned as the world’s best player for the second year in succession. The Real Madrid forward beat his great rival, Lionel Messi of Barcelona, to the prize.

Wenger, though, has given short shrift to the honour. The Arsenal manager is not allowed to vote as only national team managers have the right, together with national team captains and selected journalists. But he said that he would not want to.

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