It is being reported that, once again, Thierry Henry has been overlooked as European Player of the Year.

Spanish and Italian press have suggested that the Balon d'Or for 2006 has gone to Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro. The Real Madrid defender has had an excellent 2006 but, according to Arsène Wenger, his protégé's continual disappointment over major awards is baffling.

"If that's the case then congratulations to Cannavaro," said the manager on Friday, "but for me there's only one candidate this year and that's Thierry Henry.

"He was the top goalscorer in England, the best player in England and the second-highest goalscorer in Europe behind Luca Toni.

"He played in the Champions League Final and the World Cup Final. He lost one on penalties and he lost the other in the last few minutes with 10 men.

"It's unfortunate and it's not right that he does not have the recognition.

"When you look at what this guy has achieved in his career as a player I can tell you there are some players in the Balon d'Or who have a lot to answer for when you compare them to Thierry Henry.

"For me the only one in contention with him was Samuel Eto'o, who won the Champions League and the Spanish Championship. He is the only one who could fight with Thierry this year."

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