The ex-barcelonista Emmanuel Petit would give the Ballon d'Or to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ex French footballer acknowledges that the '7' of Madrid is his favorite player, but stresses the category of Leo Messi and Xavi Hernandez, the other two candidates for the 'Ballon d'Or'.
"Barca is the embodiment of modern football"
Petit, however, spared no praise for the game Pep Guardiola: "The current boat is the embodiment of modern football. It is part of the few teams who can carry the game to its fullest expression, such as Brazil in the years 70, "he said in an interview to 'FIFA.com'.
In his view, "many are bored of seeing the passing of ten men, but the Barca players have returned all their luster to terms such as pressure, recovery or possession of the ball."
"Xavi has an immense talent"
Regarding the race for the Ballon d'Or as best player of 2011, that dispute Messi, Xavi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Petit believes that "all three deserve it. Xavi has redefined the position of midfielder organizer, while it has progress.'s the man for all of the boat: the game channels, organize, make, pass ... It has an immense talent. "
"Messi are the Play Station"
About Messi, Argentina believes that "exalts the whole of Barcelona. It is outstanding. He is a player of 'PlayStation'. Still, I opted for Cristiano Ronaldo, and God knows that the other two I much like. The Madrid has a context a little more complicated than Barcelona, but he has some impressive statistics. "
"Cristiano stands out more"
"After being King of England, he adds, Cristiano did not hesitate to take a chance on a new challenge by going to Madrid. Has been able to assume their responsibilities fully, and may have more ability to score Argentina's head. For he stands very little. But I hope that the two once and for all, yield to its highest level with their teams. "
"I came to Barcelona at the wrong time"
Petit also speaks of his experience at Barça, where he arrived from Arsenal as president Joan Gaspart. The Frenchman joined Barcelona regrets that "the worst possible time in the last 20 years. Now I laugh, but then so was not joking, but I feel no bitterness. We were a group in order to cycle. Rivaldo, Pep Guardiola, the brothers De Boer, were fantastic players, but in decline. myself included. There's the explanation. "
Blanc and the French
Looking ahead to the next Euro, Petit does not hesitate now to ensure that the French "no footballing ability to psychologically or assume any role of favorite." In any case, the technician hold harmless 'bleu' Laurent Blanc, who says he "tries to do his best, and I think we are getting. After the deplorable image provided by the selection, was suicidal be at the helm ". (via SPORT)