BUENOS – Argentine national team coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino admitted voting for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi in the voting for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Tata also admitted candidate Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone won the award for best coach.
Messi became one of three candidates winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014. Two other players are Portugal and Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. awards will be given at the Kongresshaus, Zurich, Monday (12/01/2015).
“I chose Messi for the FIFA Ballon d’Or. There are some of our coaches are not objective. If Messi to be one of the candidates, I want him to win,” said Martino, who coached Barcelona and a compatriot Messi.
Meanwhile, Simeone is the best coach award winning candidate. Two other coaches is the German national team coach Joachim Loew and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. According to Tata, decent Simeone won the best coach award, because of the challenge of bringing Atletico achievement more difficult than in Germany and Madrid.
Simeone is currently above Loew and Ancelotti, because the challenges are more attractive, “said Martino.
Tata also revealed, Simeone actually had a chance to handle when Alejandro Sabella Argentina resigned as coach of La Albiceleste in July 2014. According to Tata, he accepted the position after refusing Simeone replaces Sabella.
“When Sabella retreat, Simeone is the best candidate for the national team. However, Simeone rate this is not the right time (to train Argentina) and I get a chance,” said Tata.