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2013 Ballon d'Or vote toughest in history: Michel Platini

Associated Press
Dec 04, 2013 at 08:32am IST

Madrid: UEFA president Michel Platini says the choice between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery for the Ballon d'Or "is the most difficult in the history of the trophy."

In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner from France also joked about FIFA's decision to extend the voting deadline by two weeks to Nov. 29.

He says "it happened to coincide with Portugal reaching the World Cup thanks to three goals from Ronaldo."

2013 Ballon d'Or vote toughest in history: Michel Platini

Platini says the choice between Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery for the Ballon d'Or "is the most difficult in the history of the trophy." (Getty Images)

Platini says that either Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez should have edged Messi for the 2010 trophy after helping Spain win its first World Cup in South Africa. The Ballon d'Or will be awarded on Jan. 13.

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