Brazil football legend and former Barcelona forward, Ronaldinho believes Messi should win the ballon d’or, but doesn’t see him as the best of all time.
Ronaldinho who won a world cup in 2002 played alongside the Argentina captain before he moved to Milan.
And while Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be favourite to lift the prestigious award, Ronaldinho is backing the Argentine.
“All the players have done a brilliant job, it is tough to choose,” he told AS.
“Ok, I will be honest with you, I am backing Messi!
“I am delighted to see him happy, if he made the decision to come back to Argentina and he is happy so am I, because I am his friend.”
When it comes to his historical favourites, however, Ronaldinho cannot see further than two greats from Brazil and Argentina.
“In the history of football I only look at Maradona and Pele. Both are world football greats,” he said.
The former Selecao star went on to heap praise on Neymar, whom he also described as his “friend.”
“He is my friend, and he is making history in the same club as I did and one day he will be the best player in the world,” he affirmed.
“Seeing him, Messi and Iniesta achieve what they are brings me great joy.”