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Puyol: "Even five Ballons d'Or won't do Messi justice"

Puyol: "Even five Ballons d'Or won't do Messi justice"

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The former Barcelona captain believes it will be a "huge injustice" if the Argentinean doesn't lift the award: "There is no limit to what he can do.”

Carles Puyol is in no doubt as to who should win the Ballon d'Or on Monday: "You never know what might happen but it would be a surprise and a huge injustice if Messi doesn't win," the former Barcelona captain said, adding, "the best thing about him is that he keeps on improving and building up his numbers. Now he is a more complete player and it seems that there is no limit to what he can do."

In Puyol's view, there is unlikely to be another player like his former teammate. "It's very difficult for there to be another player who can win five Ballons d'Or. And furthermore, it's not as if Leo is going to retire tomorrow and if he wins on Monday, and carries on like this, he can win even more. Even five Ballons d'Or won't really do justice to him."

Back-to-back Champions Leagues

Asked if Luis Enrique's Barcelona can become the first side to retain the Champions League, Puyol replied: "If they carry on with the same enthusiasm, the same desire and the same humility, they can win everything again. It's not easy, that's obvious, because you can have an off day or have injury problems, but if there is a side capable of doing it then it's Barcelona."

Of Barcelona's vaunted attacking trident of Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar, Puyol noted: "It's very hard to find a partnership like that, with the understanding that they have. I won't lie, it is surprising that they get on so well. And that's the key to how things are going. If they didn't have that relationship, Barça wouldn't have won everything they have and they wouldn't be playing like they are at the moment."

Luis Enrique

Puyol also spoke about Luis Enrique's influence on the side: "He has a huge heart. He says what he thinks and he will never deceive you. Players appreciate that and you can tell because his relationship with the squad is great. Sincerity is a very important factor for a dressing room."

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