Marco Materazzi believes that Gianluigi Buffon should be the one to get Ballon d'Or for the best player of 2017.
Materazzi and Buffon formed part of the Italy team that lifted the World Cup in 2006, and the former Inter defender believes the Juventus veteran deserves to become the first goalkeeper named the world’s best player in the modern era.
“I think Juventus have more chance of winning because they’re more of a team and they have an incredible ruthlessness about them,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport, reflecting on the Bianconeri’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on June 3.
“But they mustn’t think about lost finals. The change of formation was the turning point in their season.
“It was a brilliant piece of intuition from Allegri, which will put even Cristiano Ronaldo and co. in trouble.
“Then there’s Buffon: he’s still the same as at the 2006 World Cup, when you couldn’t even score against him in training.
“I’d be happy if he won. He deserves the Ballon d’Or.
“They are two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum: solidity against fantasy and unpredictability."