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The battle for the Ballon d’Or quickens at the end of this year, and the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery have increased significantly after the Argentine star was injured and will miss the last matches of 2013.

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Winner of the prize in the last 4 years, Leo Messi is further supported by one of the representative players in the history of Real Madrid, Jorge Valdano.

Former striker from the Santiago Bernabeu does not think Cristiano Ronaldo is the best, considering that Leo Messi is the favorite for winning the prize that will be awarded on January 13, 2014, at the Palace of Congress in Zurich.

“The best player in the world is Messi. The second is Messi injured. Was born to play football and is the genius of the 21th century. He’s incomparable. Even so, is human and has his limits, and now need to have a break to rest both physically and mentally,” said Jorge Valdano to Mundo Deportivo.

After ended his player career at Real Madrid, in which he scored 56 times in three seasons, Valdano was the coach of youth team at the Blancos club, and has trained for two seasons the big team, and for the period 2009 -2011 to occupy the post of sporting director at the Santiago Bernabeu.