The Newcastle star has started the season with a flourish and feels that his increased professionalism could yet see him go on to be crowned the world's best player
The 26-year-old has impressed with his start to the season and believes that he has the ability to still become the world's best player after a rocky start to his career.
He told the Daily Mirror: "I know some will think that I'm mad but I still dream of the Ballon d'Or. I'm convinced it's still possible.
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Ben Arfa admits that he has not been a model professional but thinks that he has "grown up" and is ready to set the footballing world alight.
"I've disappointed a lot of people over the years," he continued. "I've annoyed many, too, but those people were right; I was not very professional.
"I think I've gradually changed as I've grown up. I've understood some basic stuff with regards to the strength that a community brings.
"At 26, I still have plenty of time in front of me. I'm not about retirement just yet."