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Carlo Ancelotti threatens Ballon D'Or protest

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will join a protest demonstration in his home town of Reggiolo if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't win the Ballon D'Or award.

Ancelotti made the bizarre remark during an interview with Italian station Radio 24, ahead of the announcement of the winner in the new year.

He said: "If they don't give it to Cristiano I'll stage a sit-in in Reggiolo.

"No-one deserves it like Ronaldo, he is an exemplary professional. You cannot keep scoring 50 or 60 goals a year without constantly looking for perfection."

The 54-year old added: "I have been so impressed by how professional he is - how seriously he takes all matches and training sessions. He takes care of every aspect of his game leaving nothing to chance."

Despite another incredible year for the Portuguese starlet, he is second favourite for the award behind Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery.

Ribery himself enjoyed the best season of his career after he helped Munich to a treble, capped off with a win over Borussia Dortmund in last season's Champions League final.

The French midfielder is full of confidence and he believes he deserves to win the Ballon D'or.

He told L'Equipe: "Do I deserve it? Yes. There is what I do on the pitch, what I did to come back to my best level, my professionalism every day, the trophies I won.

"I am very steady. The Best Player in Europe trophy gave me more strength. I was good before, I am better now. At Bayern, everyone believes I have to win it."

It is not expected that Ronaldo will attend the ceremony in January following a dispute with FIFA president Sepp Blatter; a decision that was supported by Madrid fans who voted 65-35 in his favour.

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