Former Barcelona forward Thierry Henry believes it would be “madness” for anyone but Lionel Messi to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Fifa’s world player of the year for 2015 will be announced in Zurich on Monday, with Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo all in the running for
The Argentine is the heavy favourite and Henry has backed him to claim the award for the first time since 2012, but he is disappointed Luis Suarez did not make the three-man shortlist.
“All we can do is enjoy what [Messi] does because what he is doing is not normal,” Henry told Barca’s official website. “We used to say that a player who got 23 to 25 goals in a season was an incredible striker, but Messi does that in three months.
“We had incredible players in that [Barca] team [that Henry played in]and whenever you did not know what to do, you always looked for Messi.
“I think it would be madness if he does not win the Ballon d’Or. He deserves it because the team won another treble. But what I do not understand is why Suarez isn’t there.”
Henry says the current Barcelona team is capable of being crowned European champions in back-to-back years for the first time in the Champions League era.
“In a single game, Bayern [Munich] can win it and you have to be careful with PSG too,” he said. “You never know what might happen, but I think Barca can win it again.”