Neymar Barcelona forward says Messi deserves Ballon d’Or ahead of Ronaldo

Messi and Ronaldo who have dominated the last six Ballon d’Or awards are frontrunners for the 2016 edition.

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar in action against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on December 3, 2016

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Barcelona forward Neymar believes his teammate Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi and Ronaldo who have dominated the last six Ballon d’Or awards are frontrunners for the 2016 edition.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi play Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are frontrunners for the 2016 Ballon d'Or

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Ronaldo is considered favourite following his double European title win with Real Madrid and Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo play Ronald won two European titles in 2016 (AFP/File)

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Neymar, however, believes that his teammate Messi should get the award.

I don't know who will win, for me, there is only one who's the best, that's Messi,” Neymar told GOL, as reported by FourFourTwo.

Ronaldo is a great player, he's world class and has been for many years and I respect him.

But Messi is the one who deserves it, for me.

In the year under review, Messi won the La Liga and Copa del Rey title with Barcelona.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi applauds fans as he celebrates after the game Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Livepic play Lionel Messi won two domestic Spanish titles in 2016

 

The 29-year-old was not lucky with his national team, losing the 2016 Copa America final with Argentina to Chile.

He has 20 goals in all competitions so far this season for Barcelona.

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