The former Barcelona footballer believes the award is given for individual skills, and not for what a footballer’s club does.
Lionel Messi was able to win the 2018-2019 Spanish La Liga tournament with Barcelona.
But the Blaugrana failed to qualify to the UEFA Champions League Final and also lost the Copa del Rey against Valencia.
And in his participation in the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, he failed to win the competition and was even sent-off for the second time in his career.
But former Barcelona footballer Rivaldo has claimed Lionel Messi should win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
“In my opinion, Messi should win the Ballon d’Or this year for everything he has done,” Rivaldo told Marca.
“He didn’t win the Champions League, but it’s an individual prize.”
“He has scored many and important goals and I think he deserves it,” the Brazilian concluded.
Messi has won the Ballon d’Or in five occasions, coming up in second place five times too.
But the last time he won it was in 2015.