Argentine superstar Lionel Messi believes his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez deserved to be named in the top three list for this year’s Ballon d’Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi was named as one of the three finalists up for the FIFA world player of the year prize on Monday along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
Surprisingly, Suarez didn’t make the list despite being the third member of Barcelona’s most successful three-man attack.
Between them, they have netted 125 goals in 2015 till now, with the Uruguayan striker contributing 40 of them, including so many important goals as the Catalans clinched the treble last term.
“I’d have liked to be on Ballon d’Or podium with Ney and Luis,” Messi revealed when talking to reporters at the La Liga awards ceremony last night after he was named as best player of the league for 2014/15 season.
“Luis deserved it because of the season he had. You have to credit Cristiano as well, who also deserved it. We’ll have a good time [at the Fifa gala].”
Messi is most likely to walk away with the prestigious honour, but pundits are saying Ronaldo’s place in the final three is more on reputation and he may also lose out to Neymar when the final voting starts. Luis Suarez would have been most preferably the right choice as the third candidate on the podium.
Not only La Liga’s best player award, Messi also clinched the award for best forward in Spain’s top league last season.
The Argentine dedicated the trophies to his son, he said: “I’d like to dedicate this award to my son, Thiago. When I leave home, he always gets mad and says: ‘Are you going to the goal again?’ Yes, I tell him, I’m going to the goal!
“I am grateful for these awards – after the season the team played, we deserved some recognition, maybe even a little more.”
Messi’s Brazilian partner Neymar, was named the best American player of La Liga for the last season. He also added his disappointment as Suarez missed out on the final three for the Ballon d’Or award.
“Being nominated for the Ballon d’Or means a lot,” the Brazilian told.
“Suarez should have been there as well, though – but Messi is the favourite, he’s the number one for me.”
Former Liverpool striker Suarez responded with smile and happiness while watching his two lethal strike partners grabbed awards and nominations on Monday.
Writing on Twitter, Suarez gladly said:
Felicitaciones amigos!!!! Muy orgulloso por ustedes. Me alegro de verdad pic.twitter.com/dWXRX6xBRU
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) November 30, 2015