Cole admits no one can beat Messi, Ronaldo in Ballon d'or race

Former Chelsea and Arsenal player Ashley Cole doesn’t feel that anyone will ever come close to topping Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in their Ballon d’Or achievements.

This season, Messi bagged his 6th Ballon d’Or – a true record, ending the battle between him and Ronaldo and coming out as victor. 

The former left-back wished to see more defenders winning such titles. However, he could not deny that Messi and Ronaldo are the top players in the world right now.

“It’s tough,” Cole told. “You want different positions maybe being credited with how good they’ve played in that season, but to be honest I don’t think you can look outside of Messi and Ronaldo.

“What Messi does week in, week out is not normal. Again, the same with Ronaldo. It wasn’t a surprise that Messi won it but one day, yeah, we probably would like a defender to win it.”

Although, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell has really impressed Ashley Cole as a left-back in the Premier this year so far. 

“I think, for me, him and [Liverpool’s Andy] Robertson are the best two left-backs in the Premier League at the minute,” Cole said.

“He’s playing in a good Leicester team, suiting his game at the minute where he can attack and he’s got protection behind him,” Cole said.

“Whether he starts for England? That’s probably a question for Gareth [Southgate]. I’d like to see him start because I think when he has played for England he’s played very well.

“He looks accomplished there. I’d like to see him start but that’s down to the manager.”


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