Lionel Messi deserves all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s FIFA Ballon d’Ors and will win the next three awards, claims FC Barcelona’s president.
Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted the Argentine should have won all eight Ballon d’Ors he was shortlisted for, which includes Kaka’s one from 2007 and Ronaldo’s three (2008, 2013 & 2014).
"Messi deserves the Ballon d'Or this year, and the next, and the next,” he told AS.
“He has grown a lot, in a mature way. He is a complete player. Messi is the best player in history.
“Other players have been given the Ballon d'Or but Messi deserves all of them.
"I have said a thousand times he is happy here. He's delighted to be here. There is no doubt he will stay at the club."
Bartomeu also stated that Messi and Luis Enrique have a healthy relationship and insisted that the coach will stay with the club.
"From one to 10? A 10. But not just with Messi, with all the players,” he added.
"Enrique has a contract and he will continue. He has done a great job. Will the contract be extended?
“We'll talk about that in the future. I'd be delighted if Luis Enrique stays here for many years, but there are elections on the horizon."
Messi and Enrique are still on track to lead Barcelona to the club’s first treble since Pep Guardiola left.
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