Jordi Alba has followed Andres Iniesta by naming his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi as his number one candidate to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or award.
Iniesta didn’t even mention Ronaldo - the world-class midfielder admitted he wanted either Luis Suarez or Neymar to win the prestigious individual accolade if Messi doesn’t - but at least Alba gave a nod to Cristiano.
However, the Real Madrid superstar won’t be impressed by the fact Alba went on to say there is “no comparison” between two players widely regarded as the best on the planet.
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Alba believes that genuine football lovers know that Messi is a better player than Ronaldo.
However, it’s the latter who’s the overwhelming favourite to win the next Ballon d’Or in January following Real Madrid’s success in the Champions League and Portugal’s triumph at Euro 2016.
Ronaldo the strong favourite to win 2016 Ballon d'Or
Messi is currently priced at 5/1 to win the 2016 Ballon d’Or, compared to Ronaldo who is 1/6 on.
But Alba, pointing out that winning a trophy isn’t always a guarantee that a particular player has performed well in that competition, believes Messi deserves to win the award for a record-breaking sixth time.
Alba: No comparison between Messi and Ronaldo
"Many substitutes have won a European Championship, a World Cup or a Champions League. In the end, what's important is what each player does on the pitch, and Leo is the best. There's no comparison, there's no match," Alba was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport.
"It's clear there is no comparison between one and the other. Cristiano, you have to respect him, it would be silly if you don't respect a player, but there is no comparison. There is no comparison, whoever likes football truly, ignoring shirt colours, knows that he [Messi] is the best."
Are Barcelona stars campaigning for Messi?
That both Iniesta and Alba have come out explaining why Messi deserves the award suggests a campaign may have started to help the Argentina international amass a few votes between now and December.
However, after winning both the Champions League and the European Championships - scoring 51 goals in 48 appearances for Los Blancos in the process - it’ll take more than a few Barcelona players speaking out in favour of Messi to prevent Ronaldo winning the award for a fourth time.
Is Jordi Alba right to say there’s “no comparison” between Messi and Ronaldo? Have your say by leaving a comment below.