Diaby: Injuries prevented me from winning Ballon d’Or

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby reckons he would have won the Ballon d’Or if it hadn’t been for his injury problems.

The Frenchman joined Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2015 after only making 16 Premier League appearances in his last four seasons with the Gunners.

The 30-year-old has been seriously hampered by injury with less than 200 appearances at club level to his name, despite being in his 13th season as a professional.

And Diaby thinks he had the potential to be the best player in the world.

“I have no limits. Once upon a time, people would ask me about the Ballon d’Or,” he told France Football.

“I told them I dreamt about it. I have always had big ambitions, like to become one of the best in my position. I think that I had the potential to achieve that.

“I am not saying it pretentiously, but some people in life are ambitious, others aren’t.”

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