Saturday 16 December 2017

Bulgarian PM pips Berbatov to country's top-player award

On a bad week for Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov has lost out to Bulgaria's prime minister in a poll to find the nation's top footballer.

The Bulgarian striker has already slipped down the order of preference at Old Trafford and now he has lost out to Boyko Borisov, the colourful political leader who still lines up as a burly striker for third division Vitosha Bistritsa,

Borisov topped that fans' poll with 44pc of the votes ahead of the Manchester United striker

But Borisov (52) wants the vote annulled. "It's a protest vote,' he said. "This vote is not a signal that Borisov is the best player, but that Bulgarian football needs reforms and a new policy. I suggest to hand the award to the best young player."

We're not quite sure which is more remarkable: Berbatov's fall from grace or a politician coming out on the right side of a protest vote.

Irish Independent

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