Real's new Golden Balls

December 4, 2006
By Phil Ball
There seems to have been a lot of chit-chat this week surrounding this year's golden balls, accompanied of course by a lens that has focused generally on La Liga and specifically on Real Madrid. The main talking point has been Fabio Cannavaro, and should he or shouldn't he have been awarded the big prize?

Well - the first thing to note is that Real Madrid aren't complaining. It's a piece of reflected glory, a vicarious little fillip, a prize marrow in their otherwise weed-strewn garden. ...

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