THE criteria for choosing the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or would appear to be expanding.
Like most of you I had supposed it was mainly based on being the best footballer in the world, proven by skills and feats achieved on the field of play.
Seemingly the organisers are now looking for that little bit extra.
I say this because Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli has been included on this year’s 23-man list for the prestigious honour.
Given that the list is selected annually just before bonfire night, it can only be assumed that FIFA wish to make amends for last year when Balotelli lit up the footballing world – and his bathroom – with some real fireworks but too late to be added to their list for his eye-catching (if not hair singeing) act.
Quite frankly it is hard to think of any footballing reasons for Balotelli to have joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the list, or even think that he has any chance of winning as City teammates Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, who have also been selected, must be ahead of him in the running.
Super Mario’s record playing at City has not been brilliant over the year as he has been suspended for seven games, started a mere dozen or so and been substitute for the rest.
So it has to be the pyrotechnics then!