Luis Suarez has endorsed Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or as he argues that his Barcelona teammate is far better than Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
His comments may not go down well with fans of Ronaldo but argues the the Argentine who scored 41 goals and provided 26 assists in all competitions as Barcelona retained the league title and the Copa del Rey last season has more impact on a game than the Portuguese.
However, Ronaldo is firm favourite for the 2016 Ballon D’Or title after he helped Real Madrid win their 11th UEFA Champions League crown and lead Portugal to lift the European Cup at the just concluded Euro2016.
“It is true that [Ronaldo] won those trophies but for me there is no question that Leo is the best player in the world,” he said.
“Whether or not he wins that prize he is the best player by far. He has more of an effect on the game that anyone one else.
“He couldn’t win a title [the Copa America] with Argentina but he has won so many titles with Barcelona and I think that he deserves the Ballon d’Or.”
The former Liverpool star then went ahead to speak about his preparation for the 2016/17 season.
“I’m training with some other team-mates and guys from Barca B that I didn’t know as well,” he added.
“We are preparing ourselves physically and getting ready for the season.
“I talk to Luis Enrique about the normal things that we talk about in pre-season, getting ready to try and achieve our objectives for this season.
“At Barcelona we are going to try as always to make history and win as much as possible.”