Messi deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year.
Lionel Messi is the best and deserves to win the Ballon d'Or this year, says Barcelona and Brazil legend Rivaldo.
Messi continued his fine form in Spain last season, scoring a total of 51 goals in all competitions as Barca claimed the LaLiga title.
Barcelona weren’t able to secure the Champions League as they fell to Liverpool and also lost the Copa del Rey final, while Argentina sealed third spot in the Copa America this summer.
And, Rivaldo believes Messi should be handed a record sixth Ballon d'Or.
"In my opinion, the Ballon D'Or of this season is Messi for what he has done," he said, courtesy of Betfair as Goal reported.
"He didn't win the Champions League, but because it is an individual prize he scored a lot of goals, important goals."
Rivaldo labelled Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who have both won five Ballons d'Or, as greats.
He added: "They are such great players. I like them both. Messi always makes the difference at Barcelona and Ronaldo at every club and the national team – Juventus and Portugal.
"It's going to be thrilling again. When you talk about them it's for something good, they both score so many goals."