Lionel Messi backs this Real Madrid star to win the Ballon d’Or. It’s not Jude Bellingham

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Barcelona legend Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or award for the eight time on Monday, having impressed at last year’s World Cup.

Messi backed three persons as potential Ballon d’Or winners.

After receiving his award on Monday, Messi said:

“Haaland, Mbappe, Vinicius and many young players can compete for Ballon d’Or in the next years.”

While Vinicius Jr looks to be a future Ballon d’Or winner, it’s even Jude Bellingham who’s staking a claim more.

Vinicius finished 6th in the Ballon d’Or rankings this year, while Bellingham didn’t make the top 10.

Bellingham however won the Kopa Trophy, and ended up in 18th place in the Ballon d’Or rankings.

For Kylian Mbappe, he’s expected to be a Real Madrid player next season.