UEFA president, Michel Platini, expects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to dominate the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the next 10 years.
Platini revealed he voted for his countryman, Franck Ribery, but believes the current criteria for the prestigious award are favouring the Portuguese and Argentine, with Neymar being most likely to dethrone them.
“Under the current criteria, we're heading for Messi, Cristiano, Messi, Cristiano... for 10 years,” said Platini, speaking to Le Journal du Dimanche.
“Cristiano, Messi and Ribery would have made three magnificent Ballon d’Or winners.
“But Ribery won everything, so I would have voted for him. And not because he is French. I could vote for (Arjen) Robben or (Bastian) Schweinsteiger.
“Neymar still has time to dethrone Messi, even at Barcelona.”
The Frenchman then switched his focus to the Champions League and said he is doubtful that Bayern Munich can defend their title, but didn’t want to comment on Paris Saint-German’s chances in the competition.
“The same thing happened three years ago with Barcelona, but no team has won the Champions League twice in a row,” Platini added.
"Nowadays, with Bayern, Barcelona… we’re in a (period of) football that’s technically total and globalised: Bayern are coached by a Spaniard, and (teams like) Chelsea or Arsenal don’t play in an English style anymore.
“Everyone thinks that PSG can win it. If I say they can’t, people will kill me.
“And if I say they can, people will accuse me of being pro-Qatar.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has set another record this week. With his brace against Schalke he became the first player to score 10 or more goals for three consecutive seasons in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has recently broken the record for most goals for a single club in Spain, and has scored 12 goals in 13 games since returning from his recent injury.
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