Del Bosque: I voted for Xavi, Iniesta for Ballon d'Or

The Spain coach said he is supporting two of his own, and he also defended himself over the controversial decision to play a friendly against Equatorial Guinea.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque said he voted for Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the battle for the Ballon d'Or but declined to disclose the identity of the recipient of his third selection.

Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are regarded as the favorites for this year's accolade, but the Roja coach would not be drawn on whether he backed one of the three.

“I voted for the two Spaniards [on Fifa’s 23-player short list], and the other I’ll leave unknown," Del Bosque told Cadena Cope. “I voted for [Jupp] Heynckes, [Rafa] Benitez and [Luiz Felipe] Scolari [for World Coach of the Year]. I base my choices on silverware, which is the most objective information.”

Meanwhile, Del Bosque defended himself against criticism over Spain's decision to play a friendly against Equatorial Guinea this past weekend.

There were claims that by agreeing to the fixture in the oil-rich state, the world champions had effectively shown their support for a regime which leaves 75 percent of the population to live on 0.75 euros a day, but the former Real Madrid boss insisted that the ethical implications had not been taken into consideration.

“In terms of the trip to Equatorial Guinea, the political element didn’t come into it. I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong, far from it," he said.