Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday November 17 2006
If reports in Italy and Spain are to be believed then Arsenal skipper has once again lost out in the race to win the Balon d`Or. According to our continental counterparts Real Madrid`s Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro has won the top award.
While there is no doubt that Cannavaro was one of, if not the best defender at the 2006 World Cup, his season at Juventus could be easily discredited due to the Italian`s match fixing scandal and subsequent relegation.
Henry on the other hand was the top scorer in the Premiership as well as leading his club to a Champions League final and his country to a World Cup final. He was unfortunate to lose on both occasions.
Wenger has had his say on the matter: "If that's the case then congratulations to Cannavaro but for me there's only one candidate this year and that's Thierry Henry.
"He was the top goalscorer in England, the best player in England and the second-highest goalscorer in Europe behind Luca Toni.
"He played in the Champions League Final and the World Cup Final. He lost one on penalties and he lost the other in the last few minutes with 10 men.
"It's unfortunate and it's not right that he does not have the recognition.
"When you look at what this guy has achieved in his career as a player I can tell you there are some players in the Balon d'Or who have a lot to answer for when you compare them to Thierry Henry.
"For me the only one in contention with him was Samuel Eto'o, who won the Champions League and the Spanish Championship. He is the only one who could fight with Thierry this year."
Date:Friday November 17 2006
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