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Prestigious award would be reward for Uruguayan's stellar year

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is of the opinion that Diego Forlan should collect the 2010 Ballon d’Or title, and also added that he would like to see Vicente del Bosque collect the award for best coach.

The Uruguayan has been selected on the 23-man shortlist for the much-coveted prize, of which Lionel Messi is the current holder.

In an interview with publication EFE, Cerezo listed Forlan’s achievements during last season and in the World Cup in South Africa, remarking: “I think that the Ballon d’Or, for obvious reasons, should go to Forlan. He has done fantastically well, and he has no problem here with the coach or anyone else.

“He is a player which in the last three years has won two Golden Boots as well as the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament [at the World Cup]. What other player in the world can boast that kind of track record? I think none.

“Another thing is that if he does not win it, I would like it to be a Spanish player, and I’d also like Vicente del Bosque to win since he is the best coach in the world, at least for the next four years.”

Cerezo added that Forlan’s poor form at the start of this season is due to his desire to constantly score goals to help the team, adding: “He is anxious as all players want to score goals, which he has been used to doing, and because teams win matches because of the goals they score.

“We must be calm, it is not the first time this has happened to a player. If we can pass the crisis then comes the goals and good results.”

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