- Lionel Messi is set to vote one of Mbappe, Neymar, Lewandowski, or Benzema to win this year's Ballon d'Or
- The Argentine failed to include Cristiano Ronaldo on his list of favourites despite the Man United striker's exploits this season since his return to the EPL
- Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award a record six times followed by Cristiano Ronaldo who has won five
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Lionel Messi has snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of nominees who he will vote to win this year's Ballon d'Or award.
Messi has won the award a record six times while playing for Barcelona, followed by Ronaldo, who has won five (one with Manchester United and four with Real Madrid).
And as we build up to yet another edition of the award, Messi says he would rather give the award to one of his PSG teammates - Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
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The pair, along with Messi are yet to really gel together this season at PSG, but the Argentine is still convinced they have enough talent to be considered for the Ballon d'Or.
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The 34-year-old told L'Equipe and as seen on The Sun: "In my team, there are two for whom I will easily vote: Neymar and Kylian Mbappé."
Messi couldn't overlook Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski's impact as well as that of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema this season.
Messi added: "And then Robert Lewandowski, who has just had a great year and Karim Benzema who was excellent."
Surprisingly, it's not just Messi who doubts Ronaldo will add a sixth Ballon d'Or to his trophy cabinet.
Bookies have got the Portuguese star down as the sixth favourite to win the prize, behind Chelsea aces Jorgino and N'Golo Kante.
Messi tops 30-man shortlist for Ballon d'Or
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Lionel Messi is on course to win his seventh Ballon d’Or title as the Argentine has been named in a 30-man shortlist for the prestigious award this year.
Fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has won the coveted individual prize five times is also a strong contender as he makes the list.
Chelsea stars Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are also named on the shortlist which has players like Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland.
International media tip Messi to win Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, 90min has released a 15-man shortlist of players capable of winning the prestigious award this year following their performances and Messi tops the list.
The Ballon d'Or will return in 2021 with world football's biggest stars after a year break due to the coronavirus crisis.