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The 35-year-old has voiced his admiration for the Argentina star, while also praising Los Blancos ace Cristiano Ronaldo and criticizing Jose Mourinho

Former Spain international Guti feels that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi deserves to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or following his fine performances this term, and wishes that the diminutive magician would wear the Real Madrid jersey.

Messi has already netted 15 goals in 13 official appearances for Barca this term after breaking numerous records in the first half of the year, and Guti believes it would only be right to reward him with the prestigious individual award.

"I would give the Ballon d'Or to Messi. The only problem is that he plays for Barcelona. I would like to see him at Real Madrid," Guti stated to Punto Pelota.

The former Madrid midfielder then had his say on Cristiano Ronaldo's situation at the Blancos, and stressed that the Portugal international should be treated with affection.

"Cristiano is fundamental for Madrid. He needs to be given a lot of love. He has been in incredible form and that'll make him happy," Guti said. "He's a very special player and is a key figure at Madrid."

Guti then went on to criticize Jose Mourinho for his reluctance to use players who come through the ranks of the club's youth academy.

"I really admire Mou, but playing [Michael] Essien at left back [rather than a youth player] sends the wrong message to the club's youngsters."

Madrid was beaten 2-1 by Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, and the club will be desperate to return to winning ways against Mallorca on Sunday.

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