La Liga’s top scorer last season, Luis Suarez stated on Friday that his teammate, Lionel Messi is currently the best player of the world.
Suarez believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s successful run with Portugal and Real Madrid will not be enough to win the Ballon’d Or award is presence of the Barcelona’s striker, Messi.
The Argentinean star won the fifth Ballon d’Or award last year that made him the only one to win it that many times, on the other hand , his Portuguese contemporary has won it three times so far in his career.
Messi, who recently announced retirement from the international football after missing out on a penalty in Copa America final, is one of the frontrunners for Ballon d’Or as he netted the ball 41 times and assisted 26 goals that made Barcelona to retain La Liga and Copa del Ray titles. However, Ronaldo scored the last penalty against Atletico Madrid that took Real Madrid to Champions League glory.
Ronaldo was not part of Portugal’s Euro Cup final winning side as he was injured in the early minutes of the game and he had to sit out on the bench for the rest of the contest. But, still, Ronaldo is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or this year due to his teams’ immense success.
In contrast to Neymar’s comments, Suarez believes that Messi will win the sixth Ballon d’Or of his career.
“It is true that [Ronaldo] won those trophies, but for me there is no question that Messi is the best player in the world,” he said.
“Whether or not he wins that prize, he is the best player by far. He has more of an effect on the game than anyone one else.
“He couldn’t win the Copa America with Argentina, but he has won so many titles with Barcelona and I think that he deserves the Ballon d’Or.”