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We are now excitingly close to the most prestigious awards ceremony in football - the Ballon d'Or - but the debate on who the best player in the world is has been rumbling on for months.

Cristiano Ronaldo is widely expected to pick up the accolade for 2016 after enjoying the double triumph of winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal.

But nothing is guaranteed when a certain Lionel Messi is lurking in the background and in a change to the last few years, journalists will have the final say on who is crowned the best player for 2016.

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At this time of year, everyone wants to know who the game's current stars highly rate and the latest player to get asked the question is Manchester United's Anthony Martial.

Of course, Martial is no stranger to winning prestigious accolades himself after being crowned the Golden Boy in 2015 and he has previously been touted as a potential Ballon d'Or winner of the future.

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His opinion on who is currently the game's greatest was requested in an interview to promote Footlocker’s Week of Greatness campaign and the French forward opted against picking the Ballon d'Or favourite.

"Excellence in football is very difficult to achieve," Martial said, via The Express.

"When you look at the players who are achieving greatness and excellence, I think the player who comes closest to this is Messi.

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"He has almost everything, he’s all-rounder, and he is consistent season after season."

It shouldn't really come as a surprise given Messi's obvious quality but most would have also understood if he had plumped for former Red Devil Ronaldo or even his French international teammate Antoine Griezmann.

Martial, no doubt, will be hoping that someone refers to him in a similar way he does about Messi one day.

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The 20-year-old adjusted to the Premier League quickly after becoming the most expensive teenager in history last year, however, his second season in England hasn't gone as swimmingly.

With Jose Mourinho now in charge at Old Trafford, opportunities in the first team have been more limited.

The ex-Monaco ace is in contention for a recall for Saturday's clash with Arsenal as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, though. If Martial does get the nod, channelling his inner Messi might just give him the best chance of cementing a spot in the starting XI.

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