Rafa baffled by Milito snub
Rafa Benitez has been left baffled by striker Diego Milito's absence from the Fifa Ballon d'Or nominees.
Last Updated: 28/10/10 4:25pm
Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez has been left baffled by striker Diego Milito's absence from the list of nominees for the Fifa Ballon d'Or award.
The 23-man shortlist for the newly-merged world player of the year honour was announced earlier this week, with the Nerazzurri forward conspicuous by his absence.
Milito played an integral role in Inter's treble triumph last term with both goals in the UEFA Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich and key strikes to help them claim the Serie A crown and Coppa Italia.
And Benitez, who took charge in the summer following the departure of Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid, revealed there is a sense of confusion around Giuseppe Meazza at the hitman being overlooked.
The former Liverpool boss said: "It's strange, really strange.
"He even won the trophy as the best player in the Champions League. We're all surprised."
One explanation could be Milito's lack of action for his international side Argentina at the World Cup this summer, playing just 91 minutes as the South American side reached the quarter-finals before crashing out to Germany.
Depite Milito's exclusion, four other Inter players - Samuel Eto'o, Julio Cesar, Maicon and Wesley Sneijder - were nominated.