FIGC chief Demetrio Albertini says Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo deserves to win the Ballon d'Or.

Pirlo is among the nominees for the gong.

"The likes of Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti would have deserved the Golden Ball as well," Albertini told Sky Sport Italia.

"Andrea is an extraordinary talent of Italian football. I have seen him grow up since the start of his career," continued the former Milan man.

"He knows of the affection that I hold for him - one I had even before he became an established player."

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