LEEDS United full-back Stephen Warnock has been awarded the Ballon d’Or.One in the eye for Europe
The 33-year-old, who has scored 15 goals in 339 appearances, beat Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be named the best footballer in the world while negotiating a transfer to Derby County.
Ballon dOr judge Denys Finch Hatton said: Only one of the voters had Stephen Warnock top of their list Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is apparently a huge fan but he was named by almost everyone for his steadfast workrate and commitment.
And because the Ronaldo-Messi rivalry split voters Warnock was able to sneak in and take the top spot, just like when he scored a wind-assisted goal last February to earn his club a 2-1 victory against Yeovil Town.
Warnock said: I suppose the cream of European football must have noticed my years with Blackburn and Villa, not to mention my successful loan stints with Coventry and Bolton, and decided to reward me with the games highest individual honour.
Now if youll excuse me I need to get back on the training pitch to shout ‘Hoof it forward, for fuck’s sake’.”