Barcelona legend Rivaldo is certain that Lionel Messi deserves a sixth Ballon d’Or after his heroics against Premier League giants Manchester United.
In an exclusive interview with popular media portal Goal, the former Barcelona forward pointed out that Messi has been consistent in the past months and he’s the overwhelming favourite to win the Player of the Year for 2019.
The reigning Ballon d’Or winner is Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric who was a key performer for the Croatian national team at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Modric and Croatia surprisingly reached the final of the aforementioned tournament before they were beaten by France in the finals via a 4-2 defeat.
Lionel Messi is the favourite to succeed Modric as the Ballon d’Or recipient for this year.
The Argentine national team skipper has scored 10 goals in the Champions League this season which is more than any other player in the competition.
He moved clear of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (8 goals) with two goals against Manchester United in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash.
Messi was the star of the show as Barcelona thrashed the Red Devils 3-0 to secure a semifinal spot via a 4-0 aggregate victory over the Red Devils.