‘Outrageous Lionel Messi deserves to win Ballon d’Or award’
Dec 01, 2012, 16:25 PM IST
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New Delhi: As the football fraternity gears up for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the ultimate prize for his outrageous goal-scoring record this year. He also said that Messi deserves the award ahead of his rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta.
The Frenchman said that he is impressed with all three candidates but Messi’s 76 goals so far in this calendar year makes him the worthy winner of the award.
For Ronaldo, he said that he has always been there and deserves to win the award as well. Ronaldo won the Spanish Championship and Iniesta led the national team to European Championship which makes them worthy candidates for the award, he added.
Arsene Wenger revealed that he would choose Messi for class, Ronaldo for achievement of the year and Iniesta in second spot.
The Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will register his name in the history books if he manages to win Ballon d’Or for the fourth consecutive year.