Milito: Treble was more important than Ballon d’Or

The striker has insisted that helping Inter to glory is more pertinent than winning personal awards, while he also believes that his team need time to regain their form

Diego Milito says winning the treble with Inter in 2010 was more important than receiving the Ballon d’Or.

The Argentine scored 30 goals for the Nerazzurri on their way to that unprecedented achievement under Jose Mourinho, but Milito missed out on the award to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The personal accolade has grown in popularity over the years with the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry, but Milito, who was a noticeable omission from the shortlist of the prestigious award, insists the treble was all that mattered.

“In all honesty, I think I should have at least have been in the top 50, but I was only a little disappointed,” the striker told Le Buteur.

“What matters to me are winning titles for the team. If I had to choose between the Ballon d’Or and the victories for Inter, I would not have any doubts.

“The treble was the most beautiful thing in my career. It was a perfect season.”

Milito also urged fans to give the team time after inconsistent form has left them in fifth place, 26 points behind league leaders Juventus.

“We need time, the team is in a period of reconstruction, with many new players and new coaching staff. In addition, we have had a change in ownership,” he continued.

“With all these changes, we definitely need some time to work, so that things return to their normal course. With a little time we will be able to achieve our goals.”

The 34-year-old has found that most of his success has come in recent years and he believes that this is a testament to the hard work that he has shown over his career.

“In life and in football you always have to be patient. My only concern was to work hard in training, progress and never give up. It took some time to achieve the goals, but I did it,” he said.

“My patience and my faith was returned. I think this may be a good example for the younger generation.”

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