By Nick Teale
 
Arsène Wenger believes either one of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi or winner Lionel Messi could have picked up the prestigious Ballon D'Or award earlier this week.

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas came 12th in the voting and Andrey Arshavin was ranked 21st in the list published by France Football magazine.
 
Wenger says the result was a "logical" decision and that any one of the top three could have walked away as European Footballer of the Year 2009.

"I would say Messi, Xavi or Ronaldo," said the manager. "Because Xavi for me was the best passer in Europe.

"He had the best final ball in Europe on the statistics and you want that to be rewarded as well."

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