Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi will still remain the best player in the world, regardless of who wins the ballon d’or.
Messi has five golden balls to his name, but could be matched by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been touted to win the accolade this year.
Nevertheless, Valverde still feels the mercurial Barcelona forward will always be the best and everyone knows that.
“We all know who is the best player in the world [Messi],” he told a news conference on Tuesday.
“Giving a Ballon d’Or or other award to remark that, it is something I don’t care about. It doesn’t change our opinion.
“We all know.”
Messi has made an impressive start to this season, scoring 14 goals in 12 games in all competitions for Barca.