Marotta: Pirlo should win Ballon d'Or

Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta believes midfielder Andrea Pirlo deserves to win the coveted FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2012.

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The 33-year-old playmaker played a pivotal role for Juve last season as they won Serie A without losing a game. He also impressed for Italy in the summer as they progressed all the way to the Euro 2012 final before losing to Spain.

In a recent interview, UEFA president and Juve legend Michel Platini stated his belief that Pirlo was a contender for the award which crowns the world's best football player each season.

Current title holder Lionel Messi is understood to be the favourite to win the gong for a fourth straight time while his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is also a strong contender.

Marotta thinks Pirlo would be a worthy winner.

"Pirlo should win the Ballon d'Or," Marotta said on radio show "La Politica nel Pallone".

"I say that as a board member and football man. He's shown he's one of the best in the world."

Despite the best efforts of Pirlo, Inter Milan brought an end to Juve's 49-game unbeaten run in Serie A with a 3-1 win at the Juventus Stadium over the weekend.

"We're gutted about the defeat, we're all winners, but we know how to deal with bad results," Marotta said.

"We had an incredible run, 49 matches unbeaten is an extraordinary sequence. We're already back to work ahead of Wednesday's game against Nordsjaelland and before getting back to league action. We're looking forward. The fact we won the Scudetto and Super Cup shows what a top club Juventus are."

Pirlo joined Juve on a free transfer from AC Milan in 2011.

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