Jose Mourinho has just surprised everyone after admitting he agrees with his counterpart Arsene Wenger over one particular issue, the Ballon d'Or.
Fifa's showcase event has been dominated by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since its inception in 2008 with Ronaldo claiming three Golden Balls and Messi taking four.
The voting system requires prominent managers, players and journalists to nominate three players from a shortlist, Wenger was having none of it.
A silent protest
Arsenal's manager caused at least a little bit of controversy after revealing he did not cast his vote for the 2014 award, instead criticising the idea of an individual award in a team game.
Wenger said: "I am totally against the Ballon d'Or, I am a team-lover.
“I would not vote for anyone, I am completely against it."
Mourinho does not usually agree with Wenger on many things. The Chelsea manager has previously been seen squaring up to him on the touchline as well as accusing him of being a specialist in failure.
But Mourinho is happy to admit his Premier League rival raised a good point and is ready to agree with him.
The individual game
“I think Wenger said something that is interesting; he is against the Ballon d’Or, and I think he’s right, because in this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual,” Mourinho said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph.
“We are always looking at the individual performance, the individual stat, the player that runs more. Because you run 11km in a game and I run nine you did a better job than I did? Maybe not! Maybe my 9km were more important than your 11.”
Mourinho has bad history with Fifa and the Ballon d'Or after he previously suggested that "irregularities" had prevented him from winning coach of the year in 2013.
"One, two or three people called me to tell me they had voted for me, but another person's name had appeared in their votes," Mourinho said.
"[So] I decided not to go. I accuse FIFA of irregularities in the choice of the best coach in the world. There was a lack of transparency. FIFA knows about these irregularities, it knows they existed, and it did not avoid them."
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