I guess we know who is winning the ballon d’or already, Messi of course. Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has backed the Argentine to take home the award.
Messi helped Barcelona to a second treble in the 2014/15 season and led Argentina to the final of the Copa America, a year after leading them to that of the world cup.
And for Matthaus, and also Neymar. The prestigious award should go to none other than Lionel Messi.
“There is only one player who deserves the prize: Lionel Messi,” 1990 prize-winner told Fifa’s official website.
“He has returned to a wonderful level with his club, and has not just won the Champions League but also the Copa [del Rey] and Liga double. Although titles with Argentina get away from him.
“Despite everything, his goal-scoring record speaks for him, the brilliance of his performances, as well as the triumphs he has celebrated for Barca.
“He has extraordinary class and constantly shows the uniqueness of his play. It would surprise me a lot if the trophy didn’t go to him.”
The German also commented on the coaching award, also signalling a Barcelona man – Luis Enrique – as the favourite.
“Since this year there has not been a European Championship nor World Cup, it is natural for the focus to be more on club football and there Barcelona have been head and shoulders above the rest,” he explained.