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Thursday 22 February 2018

Messi does not deserve to win Ballon d’Or, says Ibrahimovic

LIONEL Messi does not deserve to win the next FIFA Ballon d'Or as he has only won one minor trophy this year, his former Barcelona team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed.

"Messi had a fantastic season but he has not won that much and he has already won the Ballon d'Or three times," said Paris St Germain forward Ibrahimovic.

"It depends whether you reward an individual or a collective work.

"Xavi is still playing at a high level, Iniesta also had a great season, they won the Euro while Messi has not won anything, just the King's Cup. Messi has won the Ballon d'Or three times, it's now someone else's turn to win it."

The Ballon d'Or, which was merged with the World Player of the Year award in 2010, will be awarded on January 7, 2013.

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