The Ballon d’Or has a negative impact on world football, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The prestigious prize which is awarded to the world’s best footballer each year.
Mourinho joins Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in criticising the award – both believe that it focuses too much on individuals, rather than the team as a whole.
“He is against the Ballon d’Or and I think he’s right,” the 52-year old Portuguese man said.
“In this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual.”
Mourinho is not short of individual honours – he has seven league titles from four countries and two Champions League titles. However, he also believes that teams win trophies – not a group of individuals.
He said: “For me, football is collective. The individual is welcome if you want to make our group better. But you have to work for us, [it’s] not [a case that] we have to work for you.
“When the top player arrives, the team is already there. It’s not him who comes to discover the team, like Columbus discovering America. No, no, you are coming now to help us be better.”
In recent years, the award has been between the trophy cabinets of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi won the award for four years in a row between 2009-12. Ronaldo has won the prize in 2013 and 2014, and also in 2008. Other winners include Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane.