Frenkie de Jong thinks Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and he should win the Ballon d’Or.

Virgil van Dijk is said to be one of the favourites for the prestigious award, but De Jong is clear in his belief that Messi should be the one lifting the Ballon d’Or.

He told a press conference on Tuesday, “I have said many times that Messi is the best player in the world and should win it.

“Messi is without a doubt the best in the world.”

De Jong was then asked what he has learned since joining Barcelona from Ajax in the summer, “It’s hard to say exactly what I learned, but when you go to a new club you also do new things. I mainly look at others and try to learn from them.”

The midfielder has played many games this season but he does not want a rest, “I am happy to play a lot of matches. I like that. I feel good and I don’t need any rest.”

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