Juventus coach Antonio Conte is backing Andrea Pirlo for the Ballon d'Or.

Pirlo is up for the gong.

"It is difficult to choose between Messi and Ronaldo, but I would always give the Ballon d'Or to Pirlo," Conte told Verissimo.

"He is our player and may God keep him safe!"

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