Brazilian legend Cafu has hailed Lionel Messi for his ability to consistently perform at the peak of his abilities, throughout his career.
Messi claimed his seventh Ballon d'Or this year and speaking about his achievements, Cafu went on to claim that he is a big fan of the Argentine maestro who deserved to be the best player in the world in 2021.
Speaking to Brazilian website Ole, Cafu was asked about Messi and he said, "Wow, I'm a fan of great football, I'm a fan of great players, I am a fan of Messi. Messi really deserves it [the Ballon d'Or 2021]. With each passing year, he has more experience, and it is even better.
"He's a guy who practically won seven Ballons d'Or seven years ago, more than 15 years between first and second place."
Cafu then went one step ahead and suggested that Messi is a source of happiness to all, even Brazilians, who are supposed to Argentina's arch-rivals.
"What about a player like that? Messi is really a player who delights the eyes playing football, from all over the world, including us Brazilians.", Cafu concluded.
Messi indeed had an incredible 2021 as the PSG maestro claimed the first international trophy of his career as Argentina lifted the Copa America.
He also led his former club FC Barcelona to Copa del Rey success and is still yet to come to his own for Paris Saint-Germain.