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Dutchman worthy of second place, says France legend

Uefa president Michel Platini is the latest to voice disagreement with Wesley Sneijder's omission from the Ballon d'Or final three, but he is backing Sneijder's Inter to win the Club World Cup and maintain Europe's success in this tournament since he became chief of the continent's governing body.

Sneijder's exclusion from the final three - Barcelona trio Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi got the nod ahead of him - sent a wave of disbelief around planet football, and Platini feels the Dutchman should have been in.

"I would have said Xavi and then Sneijder, who [but] for one goal didn't win everything, and then Iniesta," Platini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It's unjust the Inter man not being in the top three."

European champions Inter are in Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup and thye Uefa leader is backing them to win the competition, which also features Hekari United (Papua New Guinea - winners of the OFC Champions League) and Al-Wahda (winners of host country United Arab Emirates' Premier League), who enter in the qualifying round; Seongnam (South Korea - AFC Champions League winners), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of the Congo - CAF Champions League winners) and Pachuca (Mexico - CONCACAF Champions League winners), who enter in the quarter-finals; and Copa Libertadores winners Internacional (Brazil), who join Inter in entering at the semi-final stage.

"As Uefa president I have to support Inter. Since my election European teams have always won," said Platini.

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