🇦🇷 Messi names his four Ballon d'Or favourites, snubs Ronaldo

🇦🇷 Messi names his four Ballon d'Or favourites, snubs Ronaldo

Lionel Messi has excluded former Juventus and Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from his 2021 favourites for the Ballon d'Or.

Messi's picks have followed after France Football confirmed the preliminary list last week and after inspiring Argentina in last weekend's FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The 34-year-old Argentine, who has won the Ballon d'Or no less than six times, believes his PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are strong contenders.

Messi first and foremost ruled himself out of this year's prize, but admitted a seventh win would be personally delightful. 

"I don't think I'm the favourite and I've never liked talking about it until the result is in," Messi said in an interview with France Football.

"It would be great to win another one, it's already amazing to be the only player to have won six.

"A seventh would be incredible. This past summer I won a trophy that was missing in the Copa America and that was the pinnacle for me. If I go on to win another Ballon d'Or, I'll be very happy and very grateful, but I'm not thinking about it.

The Argentine then revealed his favourites as Mbappe, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, and Karim Benzema.

"In my team there are at least two players for whom I'll vote in Kylian and Ney. Then [Robert] Lewandowski, who has had a great year. But there's also [Karim] Benzema.

"We know that trophies are important now. The Champions League, the European Championship and the Copa America always weigh heavily in the vote," he concluded.

Coming up next for Messi is Argentina's meet up with Peru.

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