Rafa backs Torres for award
By Al Campbell
Updated Friday, 24th October 2008
Rafael Benitez has backed Fernando Torres for the Ballon D'Or.The Liverpool striker is on the shortlist for the European Footballer of the Year award, along with Steven Gerrard. Rafa Benitez says the striker would be a worthy winner.
"It's fair that Torres and Gerrard are there because both players have been really good - in Gerrard's case for years, and Fernando was amazing last season. Both deserve to be there," said the Reds boss.
"Torres scored a lot of goals in his first season in the Premier League and after that scored the winner in the final of Euro 2008.
"Clearly Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi from Spain can be there. But for me it's between Ronaldo and Torres this season.
"I think the winner will come from the Premier League."