Bilbao coach Caparros: Real Madrid's Raul should have Ballon d'Or

Athletic Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros says Real Madrid captain Raul should have won the Ballon d'Or in his career. Asked about who should win this year's title, Caparros said: "It has to be one of our national footballers. Iker Casillas, Xavi and David Villa have a chance to win it, just like Cristiano Ronaldo." He added: "Like Raul, who should have won a Ballon d'Or because, besides being a fantastic footballer, he transmits very special values to the world of football. He is a benchmark for young people."

Athletic Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros says Real Madrid captain Raul should have won the Ballon d'Or in his career.

Asked about who should win this year's title, Caparros said: "It has to be one of our national footballers. Iker Casillas, Xavi and David Villa have a chance to win it, just like Cristiano Ronaldo."

He added: "Like Raul, who should have won a Ballon d'Or because, besides being a fantastic footballer, he transmits very special values to the world of football. He is a benchmark for young people."

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