Lionel Messi is the contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, according to Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman.
Messi has previously won the award six times, more than any other player in history.
The 34-year-old led Argentina to Copa America win in Brazil earlier this month.
Messi has now added an international title to his interesting career, which was previously the only silverware he wanted.
For his great reputation for both club and country over the past 12 months, Koeman believes his captain deserves recognition.
“He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is the best in the world. I understand how deeply he wanted to win the Copa América, and he has now achieved his goal.
“Messi is the prime candidate for the Ballon d’Or after a great season and, for me, he is the favourite,” Koeman told Barca’s official website.
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