Gianluigi Buffon says he voted for Juventus and Italy teammate Andrea Pirlo in this year’s FIFA Golden Ball poll.
Buffon, as captain of his national side, is entitled to vote and he placed the playmaker at the top of his personal podium.
“I voted for, in order, Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi,” the ‘keeper noted.
Pirlo is currently one of 23 players in contention for the award. That shortlist will be reduced to three names on December 9 and the winner will be announced in January.
Ballon d’Or 23: Gareth Bale (Wales), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).