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Not only did the former award winner back the
Argentine to win his fifth prize, but he also
believed Luis Enrique would take best coach to
complete a clean sweep for Barcelona
German football idol Lothar Matthaus has
thrown his weight behind Lionel Messi to win
the 2015 Ballon d'Or, insisting that no-one else
merits the award.

The forward helped Barcelona to an
unprecedented second treble during 2014/15,
and also played a key part in Argentina's run to
the Copa America final this year.
And for Matthaus, Messi stands out as the sole
candidate as he seeks his fifth Ballon d'Or.

"There is only one player who deserves the
prize: Lionel Messi," 1990 prize-winner told
Fifa's official website.

"He has returned to a wonderful level with his
club, and has not just won the Champions
League but also the Copa [del Rey] and Liga
double. Although titles with Argentina get away
from him.

"Despite everything, his goal-scoring record
speaks for him, the brilliance of his
performances, as well as the triumphs he has
celebrated for Barca.

"He has extraordinary class and constantly
shows the uniqueness of his play. It would
surprise me a lot if the trophy didn't go to him."
The German also commented on the coaching
award, also signalling a Barcelona man - Luis
Enrique - as the favourite.

"Since this year there has not been a European
Championship nor World Cup, it is natural for the
focus to be more on club football and there
Barcelona have been head and shoulders above
the rest," he explained.

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