FIGC chief Albertini not surprised by Italian Ballon d’Or snub

FIGC vice-president Demetrio Albertini believes the lack of Italians in the Ballon d'Or nominees list is due to a poor World Cup.

FIGC vice-president Demetrio Albertini believes the lack of Italians in the Ballon d'Or nominees list is due to a poor World Cup.

There are four Inter players in the running for the France Football and FIFA award: Wesley Sneijder, Julio Cesar, Douglas Maicon and Samuel Eto’o.

However, they are the only Serie A representatives among the candidates and not a single Italian.

“The Ballon d’Or has always been mean to Italian football,” said ex-AC Milan star Albertini.

“Objectively, the 2010 World Cup gave them a helping hand. We are paying the price for what happened in South Africa.

“It was to be expected, but I don’t want us to become accustomed to this situation either. None of us should.”