Ben Arfa targets Ballon d'Or

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa has set himself the ambitious target of winning football's prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy.

The French magician has been in sparkling form this season and hopes to be recognised as the world's finest player one day.

I know some will again think that I am mad but I still dream for example of the Ballon d’Or. I am convinced that this is still possible.

It is forbidden to dream? I disappointed a lot of people over the past years, I have even annoyed many too, no doubt. But those people were right. I was not very professional.

I think I gradually changed as I have grown up. I have understood some basic stuff with regards to the strength that a community brings.

I still believe that one day I will be the best player in the world

– Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa speaking to France Football