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'As Long as Lionel Messi is Playing, the Ballon d'Or is His,' Madrid-Based Newspaper Hails Argentina Icon

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has so far won a record six Ballon d'Or awards
Lionel Messi has so far won a record six Ballon d'Or awards / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered as the greatest player in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far, including a record six Ballon d'Or award wins.

Messi is hailed as a genius by many of his rivals and in an usual move, Madrid-based newspaper, Marca have come out on his side - claiming that the Argentinian should win the Ballon d'Or award this year and that he is probably the greatest footballer of all-time.

“Forget everything else, the Ballon d’Or is Messi’s. As long as Messi plays at the top, there is no footballer out there who should win the Ballon d’Or. Messi is the greatest footballer of his generation, and probably also of all time.” 

“That Cristiano Ronaldo – with five – is even within touching distance of Messi’s six so far does a disservice to the Argentine, who has been far and away the greatest player of his generation and arguably of all time.”

The 34-year-old was his usual brilliant self for Barcelona last season, scoring 39 goals and registering 14 assists in all competitions despite the Catalan giants struggling at times. He is also coming off a victorious Copa America campaign, where he led Argentina to their first title since 1993 and ended the tournament as the Player of the Tournament.

Marca ended the piece by stating that as long as Messi is playing, he deserves to win even more such individual honours.

“It’s time that his superiority was made clear. It’s time for daylight to appear between Messi and Cristiano’s Ballon d’Or counts. Give Messi his seventh this year, and let his eighth and ninth follow.”

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