BUFFON DESERVES THE BALLON D'OR - MORATA
win the Ballon d'Or, according to his Spanish team-
mate, who has also backed midfielder Paul Pogba
for the trophy.
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has backed captain
Gianluigi Buffon as a Ballon d'Or contender.
The Italy veteran delivered an outstanding
performance in the 2-1 Champions League win
over Manchester City this week and was later
hailed by ex-Juve midfielder Andrea Pirlo as the
greatest goalkeeper in history.
The 37-year-old helped guide the Serie A
champions to a domestic double last season, as
well as the Champions League final, and Morata is
in no doubt that he deserves a shot at the sport's
biggest individual prize, which will be awarded on
January 11 next year.
"Gigi deserves it," Morata told Mediaset and Sky.
"It's a pity that goalkeepers only seem able to win
the Golden Glove award.
"It's an honour for me to play with and even against
him, given that I'll face him on international duty."
France star Paul Pogba has been tipped as a future
recipient of the prize and Morata has no doubt
about the chances of his club team-mate.
"Paul is capable of winning it as well. We're all
aware of his qualities and so if he wants it he can
do it," added the Spain international.
Juventus head into Sunday's trip to Genoa looking
to arrest a run of three games without a win in
Serie A, and Morata - who fired home the winner
against City - says his side must take their
Champions League form into the game.
"We managed to beat world-class opponents by
playing as a unit and understanding each other's
movements," he continued. "Now we need to put
this into practice again against Genoa, who are
another excellent side.
"It will be great to return to the Marassi [Genoa's
stadium], where we claimed the Scudetto last year.
We know it won't be easy and we need to give
everything we've got in order to win and to start
climbing the league table."
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