Germany legend Franz Beckbauer has revealed how he believes Barcelona star Lionel Messi will win the Balon d’Or, even though he feels that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo deserves it. Franz admits that there is very little to choose between the two and states that both players have done enough to win it.
Beckenbauer explained, “Lionel Messi is way better placed to win the FIFA Balon d'Or than Cristiano Ronaldo, even though Ronaldo made enough to also deserve it. The only flaw I could think of about Messi had to do with his performances and contribute in the Argentina National Team. His football level there was far from being similar to what he constantly produces in Barcelona. However, we can't point him the finger with that anymore, especially after his two last games for Argentina, where he scored and assisted his teammates for goals.”
He added, “José Mourinho is doing all he can in order for Ronaldo to win the Balon d'Or this year, but every time I look at Messi playing, I just can't see a different scenario than him winning his 4th FIFA Balon d'Or in a row. However, Ronaldo's capacity and constant thirst to score goals can be seen as enough of an argument to also make him worthy of winning this trophy.”
With the Balon d’Or getting ever nearer it seems that everybody is giving their opinion on who will win it with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leading the way. However, Ronald De Boer recently claimed that he believes that Ronaldo and Messi should share the Balon d’Or, which is highly unlikely.
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