Tata Martino believes Lionel Messi should win Ballon d’Or ahead of Cristano Ronaldo in January. The two players have been scoring goals for fun in their respective clubs, with Messi equaling Raul’s record of UEFA’s highest scorer and Ronaldo coming one goal short of the record. However, Messi’s form has not been brilliant like Ronaldo’s in the recent past. The Portugal start has helped his club, Real Madrid, to ascend to the top of La Liga.
Martino said that he would vote for Messi any time over the current Ballon d’Or holder, Ronaldo. He told a press conference on Monday that his heart lies in Messi and that it was impossible to separate the personality of the player from his football.
The match is expected to bring together Ronaldo, a former Manchester United player, and current United players Angel Di Maria and Luis Nani (on loan to Sporting Lisbon). A lot of attention is expected to be on the performance of the two world football stars, Ronaldo and Messi.
It will be interesting to see the contribution of Angel Di Maria whose form has dipped in the recent months after his British record transfer from Real Madrid. The former Barcelona manager says the dip in form of his Argentine winger is normal and the winger will soon find his best form. His Portuguese counterpart, Fernando Santos, played down the Messi vs. Ronaldo showdown.
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