Messi is beyond the Ballon d’Or’ By Lorenz Kohler

The President of FC Barcelona has cheekily suggested that he wouldn’t give Lionel Messi a sixth Ballon d’Or for his record-breaking exploits in the 2018/19 season.

Messi, 31, is widely expected to lift a record sixth Ballon d’Or crown at the end of the season as Barca remain on course for a historic treble with their captain leading the assault.

With 70 goal contributions (48 goals, 22 assists) in just 48 games across all competitions this season, his influenced is unmatched across European football.

Having also reached the 600-goal mark in the 3-0 UEFA Champions League semi-final win over Liverpool and secured his 33rd major honour with the LaLiga title last week – his legendary status is firmly in tact with the Blaugrana.

Which president Josep Maria Bartomeu humerously eludes to when asked whether the Argentine will earn a statue alongside László Kubala at the Camp Nou

Bartomeu told The Observer: “There will be 10 of them! I wouldn’t even give him the Ballon d’Or. He’s beyond that now, in a category of his own.

“There are great players, but he’s in a different dimension.”

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