Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is of the opinion that he should be named coach of the year at the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards even though Spanish National team coach Vicente Del Bosque seems to be the front-runner for the award having led Spain to their first World Cup triumph.
The Portuguese coach who won the treble of the Italian Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League last season with Inter Milan, said that his achievement was more worthy of the award.
He told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. I've made my choice - 11 months' work, 57 matches played, three titles including the most important of all the tournaments - the Champions League. I have won everything. I could not do any more than that, and nor could the players.
'The Special One' also asked questions over Wesley Sneijder's controversial omission from the shortlist for player of the year. Barcelona trio of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta were selected ahead of Sneijder who was instrumental in Inter's success last season while also helping Netherlands reach the World Cup final.
Mourinho said, If the winner is Andres Iniesta, who unhappily was not able to play for the first five months of the year because of injury, but after that played six matches and scored a goal in South Africa, then anything can happen in the year of a World Cup final and the rest counts for nothing.
Mourinho isn't the only football enthusiast raising queries about the Fifa awards with many experts and writers around the globe questioning why the World Cup is given precedence over the club games.
Mourinho is in the three-man shortlist to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or coach of the year award along with Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and Spanish national team coach Vicente Del Bosque. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Zurich on January 10.