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Buffon More Deserving Of Ballon d’Or, Says Cruyff

Former Dutch international sees Juventus great accomplishment more rewarding

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon is more deserving of the Ballon d’Or than Lionel Messi, according to Johan Cruyff. Cruyff, himself a three-time winner of the prize, believes the Italian has had a more consistent year, despite losing to Messi’s Barcelona in the Champions League final.

“Messi is playing very well, but what counts when it comes to winning the Ballon d’Or is the whole year and Buffon is definitely a possibility for the prize in 2015,” the 68-year-old said. “He’s been a great goalkeeper for years now.

But Juventus have so many great players. I’m also thinking of Pirlo, Vidal, Pogba and Morata. I especially appreciate the organisation the club boasts.

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