Ballon d’Or: Xavi backs Ronaldo over Messi

Ballon d'Or: Xavi backs Ronaldo over Messi

Ballon d’Or: Xavi backs Ronaldo over Messi

The former Barcelona midefielder Xavi has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo may have the edge in this year’s Ballon d’Or race given the trophies he has won.

The Real Madrid forward is expected to be at least among the final three nominees to defend the trophy he last won in 2014, having fired his side to Champions League glory before captaining Portugal to a shock triumph at Euro 2016.


“Cristiano has the numbers to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, having won the Champions League and the Euros,” he said at the Aspire4Sports event in Amsterdam.

“But I also think that it’ll be very competitive, because Messi will be there, of course.”

Speaking about Barca’s humiliating 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo last Sunday, Xavi said he sees no reason to panic over their form asthey can always bounce back.

“I wasn’t able to watch the game, but it looks like there were a lot of individual mistakes,” he said. “But Barca are on another level and that’s something you see most of all when you leave the club.

“The idea is a good one: to be dominant and to have the ball. They also have the best in every position and I’m proud to watch them play.

“With Luis Enrique, they’re working very well, but sometimes the result is misleading based on what you see on the pitch.”

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