With six representatives, Real Madrid has once again marked the list of nominees for the next Ballon d’Or, awarded on October 17. Carlo Ancelotti, however, said he was surprised by the absence of German midfielder Toni Kroos from the list of contenders announced on Friday.
“It surprises me a bit, because Kroos had a fantastic season. But it’s true that it could be a problem if we named all the Real Madrid players, I can understand that“, joked Ancelotti in a press conference on Saturday before Real Madrid’s first La Liga match on Sunday (10:00 p.m.) at the promoted Almeria pitch.But Valverde, Militao, Alaba… all deserve to be there. They all had a fantastic season. I’m not talking about winning the Ballon d’Or, but they deserve to be on the list“, insisted “Carletto”.
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The Brazilian Vinicius is one of the 30 candidates for the trophy. “He scored the winning goal in our 14th Champions League, he had an incredible season… He doesn’t care if he finishes 4th or 9th. The players, only victory matters to them. He will do better in the future. But unfortunately for ‘Vini’, this season, we already have the winner at home…”, slipped the Italian technician.
A barely veiled allusion to Karim Benzema, the huge favorite to win the first Ballon d’Or of his career. “What we hope for Vinicius is that he continues on the path to success, with the continuity he had last season. He didn’t stop, he didn’t get tired, he had an impressive season, scoring a lot of goals and always being decisive. What we ask of him is to continue like this“, concluded Ancelotti.
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