Toure: I’d always back Messi over Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or
Toure has been handed his fifth Ballon d’Or nomination and his fourth in consecutive seasons, but the Ivory Coast international admits there are regrets over his final placing in the voting in the past.
Toure, the only African on this year’s shortlist, acknowledges that more players from the continent should be forcing their way into the reckoning – though he accepts it is hard to live up to the standards set in recent years by the likes of former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and ex-Barca man Eto’o.
Toure, Messi and current holder Ronaldo have been named on Fifa’s 23-man shortlist for the 2015 prize.
Unhappy Manchester City star Yaya Toure says Lionel Messi will always get his vote for the Ballon d’Or.
Messi and Ronaldo have won the prize for the last seven years between them, with Toure backing his former Barcelona teammate to claim it for a fifth time in January
“While Cristiano Ronaldo has had another exceptional year, I’d always vote for Lionel Messi. Not only because there’s a great respect between us from my time at Barca, but also because I think Leo is above the rest,” Toure said
“In fact, ideally, with these two monsters there, they should give two Ballons d’Or every year!”