Atletico Madrid striker, Luiz Suarez, has named his former teammate at Barcelona Lionel Messi as the player who should win the Ballon d’Or this year.
Luis Suarez, a former club teammate with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, believes the Argentina captain deserves the 2021 Ballon d’Or after leading his country to win the Copa America this year.
According to the Uruguay international, Leo Messi has no rival in this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi was recently named in a 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or this year.
The 34-year-old forward has already won the Ballon d’Or for a record six times in the past.
Speaking with Olé, Suarez said, “I think Leo deserves to be the Ballon d’Or because he has had a spectacular year on a personal level despite only winning the Copa del Rey with Barcelona.
“What he performed on a personal level being the top scorer and top assistant in La Liga, obtaining the Copa América being also the top scorer and top assistant makes him even bigger to have it.”
“Because in the Ballon d’Or you should not only look at what one has done in the year but also you have to see what he is like as a player, seeing what he does year after year. I think he has no rival.”