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The ex-Portugal star has nothing but praise for his former Barcelona team-mate but accepts that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to pip him to the prize

Former Barcelona midfielder Deco argues that Andres Iniesta should win the Ballon d'Or.

The 29-year-old came second in the 2010 ballot after helping Spain to World Cup glory, while he came in third last year to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and the ex-Blaugrana star believes that the Portugal and Argentina sensations are the only reasons why his former team-mate has failed to win the prize.

"Iniesta would definitely deserve a Ballon d'Or," Deco was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.

"What's happening is that all the attention in the media goes to Messi due to his great performances. However, the players all realise that Iniesta is absolutely amazing.

"If I had to compare him to someone, I would say Zinedine Zidane. Andres is phenomenal.

"The problem is that he hass two animals ahead of him in Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because there's no denying that Cristiano is a beast as well."

The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or will be announced on October 29.

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