Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has tipped Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi enjoyed a fine 2014-15 season as he scored an incredible 58 goals in 57 games in another stunning campaign that saw him lead Argentina to the 2014 FIFA World Cup final which they lost to Germany, Copa America which they again lost to Chile but enjoyed success with Barcelona, winning the treble.
“There’s really only one player who can win the Ballon d’Or this year: Lionel Messi,” Matthaus – who won the World Player of the Year award in 1991 – said in an interview with FIFA.com.
“He’s had another exceptional year for Barcelona by winning not only the Champions League but also the double in Spain, and only just missed out on a trophy with Argentina.
“Nevertheless, his goal tally, spectacular play and the successes he has celebrated with Barcelona speak for themselves.
“He has repeatedly proven his exceptional class and remarkable talent. For me it would be a huge surprise if Messi didn’t win.”
Messi has not won the coveted prize since 2012, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking out the 2013 and 2014 awards.