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Ballon d'Or war heats up

MADRID, October 8, 2012, Reuters: 22:28 IST
Billed in Spain as the decisive showdown between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, Sunday's La Liga ‘Clasico’ gave plenty of ammunition to both camps as each player netted twice in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Barcelona's Messi, who succeeded Real Madrid's Ronaldo as the world's best player in 2009 and has won the award the past three years, scored once from close range and with a stunning 30-metre free-kick, while Ronaldo's pair were trademark clinical strikes from just inside the area.

“I don't know I cannot speak individually,” a typically modest Messi told reporters when asked about the Ballon d'Or, the winner of which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Zurich on January 7, 2013.

“I don't focus on myself or anyone else,” added the 25-year-old from Rosario.

Ronaldo's coach at Real, his Portuguese compatriot Jose Mourinho, was asked about the award at his post-match news conference on Sunday but said he was not a fan of the idea of singling out the world's best player.

“I don't want to have to think about the Ballon d'Or, choosing who is the best in the world should be banned,” he said.

“They are two players from another planet,” he added.

“I would like one of my players to get the prize, one who was champion in the best league in the world.”

Mourinho's Barca counterpart Tito Vilanova had no doubt whom he would select.

“He is still young and we don't know yet what his limits are,” he told a news conference when asked about Messi. “I believe we will never see another player of his calibre. He is the best in the world by a long way.”

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