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Newcastle midfielder eyes Ballon d’Or

Hatem Ben Arfa wants to be one of the greats

By | 17th September 2013
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Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has admitted that he wants to win the Ballon d’Or at some point during his career, and insists that it’s still possible. Ben Arfa is already 26 years of age, suggesting that he may be hitting his peak years right now, giving him little time to establish himself among players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The midfielder played in just 19 Premier League matches for the Magpies last season, notching a mere four league goals. In comparison, Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi scored a staggering 46 La Liga goals for Barcelona last season en route to the Spanish league title, but Ben Arfa still harbors hope.

“People will think I’m crazy, but I still dream of winning the Ballon d’Or,” Ben Arfa said, according to the Daily Mail.

“I’m sure it’s still possible. In 20 or 30 years, I want my name to be mentioned alongside those of Platini, Zidane, Pele or Maradona.”

Ben Arfa has started all four of Newcastle’s matches this season and finally looks as if he can establish consistency at St. James’ Park this season. The French international has two goals already this season, including a stunning match-winning goal against Fulham at the end of August. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew called on the midfielder to establish more consistency with the club this season as the player fights for a spot in France’s roster for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

“That’s what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it’s an assist or a goal,” Pardew said last week, according to Sky Sports.

“He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time. But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that’s the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team.”

Ben Arfa will get another chance to impress this Saturday at St. James’ Park as the Magpies take on newly promoted Hull City.

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