Arsenal boss: Ballon d'Or hurts football

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Ballon d'Or award is hurting football - as it has become a "ridiculous obsession" for players.

The veteran coach, who has managed the Gunners since 1996, feels the Ballon d'Or - widely regarded as the most prestigious individual award in football - prioritises individual contribution over the more important collective effort.

The award, which often divides opinion and generates fierce debate on the continent, is harming the sport - according to Wenger.

"It hurts football," the Frenchman told Telefoot. "I am against single awards. It is a ridiculous obsession for players.

"Who do I want to win this year? I do not want anyone at all. This is an endorsement of an individual which goes against the essence of our sport."

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the favourite to win the 2013 Ballon d'Or award, closely followed by Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who has won the last four Ballon d'Or awards.

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