Barcelona veteran defender, Gerard Pique has backed Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’ Or this year.
Pique, a former club teammate with Messi, believes the Argentine captain deserves the Ballon d’ Or based on criteria.
Messi was recently nominated in the 30-man nominees for the 2021 Ballon d’ Or.
The PSG number 30 will rival the likes of Chelsea’s Jorginho, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and among others for the Ballon d’ Or this year.
The winner for this year’s Ballon d’ will be announced on November 29 in France.
Pique was quoted by Sportskeeda as saying: “The Ballon d’Or? If the winner is voted by the criteria, it’s Messi.
“If they choose the best in the world, it’s Messi too.”
Messi led the Argentina national team to win the Copa America this year.