BALON D'OR

Balotelli says he wouldn't give Balon d'Or to Cristiano OR Messi

Nice striker Mario Balotelli revealed to French TV show Teléfoot that he felt another player was more deserving of the award in front of favourites Cristiano Ronalso and Lionel Messi.

Balotelli, Luis Suárez, Messi, Cristiano.

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Mario Balotelli has always marched to the beat of his own drum. So when it came to choosing his favourite for the Balon d’Or it was no exception.

The Italian striker, currently at Ligue 1 side Nice, has said that he wouldn’t give the honour of world’s best player to either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi (winners of the last eight Balon d’Or trophies and favourites for the 2016 prize), but to someone else.

“This year I would give it to [Luis] Suárez,” he told the French TV show Teléfoot.

Viewers choose Cristiano 

In a poll run by the show, Teléfoot viewers didn’t agree with Balotelli however. 50% of people would choose Cristiano Ronaldo as the winner, followed by Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (28%) and then Lionel Messi (18%).