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Lionel Messi already deserves the Ballon d’Or, says Rivaldo

The Brazilian says the GOAT’s brilliance should be recognised

FC Barcelona v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Brazilian striker Rivaldo came out to discuss Lionel Messi and his current run of form. The striker believes that even if Messi and Barcelona aren’t able to win the Champions League this season, the Argentine should still win the Ballon d’Or.

“He has been scoring goals, giving assists and being the top scorer in La Liga for a long time and I think what he has been doing in the Champions League means his merits should be recognised.

“He had a chance to score a bicycle kick [versus Man Utd] but it’s not an easy one to take because you don’t get those chances often in games. It was a good effort but it didn’t quite come off.

“Even if he doesn’t win the Champions League, however, he already deserves the Ballon d’Or.”

Rivaldo | Source

Given the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina, this sort of compliment from a Brazilian legend is certainly not one to be taken lightly.

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