Messi not right choice for Ballon d'Or: Ibrahimovic

PARIS Tue Oct 2, 2012 2:27pm IST

Barcelona's player Lionel Messi of Argentina shows his FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 trophy to his supporters before their Spanish First division soccer match against Betis at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona's player Lionel Messi of Argentina shows his FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 trophy to his supporters before their Spanish First division soccer match against Betis at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona January 15, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Albert Gea

PARIS (Reuters) - Lionel Messi does not deserve to win the next FIFA Ballon d'Or as he has only won one minor trophy this year, his former Barcelona team mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday.

"Messi had a fantastic season but he has not won that much and he has already won the Ballon d'Or three times," Paris St Germain forward Ibrahimovic, who played with Messi in the 2009/10 season, told Eurosport on Tuesday.

"It depends whether you reward an individual or a collective work.

"Xavi is still playing at a high level, Iniesta also had a great season, they won the Euro while Messi has not won anything, just the King's Cup. Messi has won the Ballon d'Or three times, it's now someone else's turn to win it."

The Ballon d'Or, which was merged with the World Player of the Year award in 2010, will be awarded on January 7, 2013.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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