​Former ​Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole believes that footballing superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo clearly still remain the best players in the world and are still top contenders for the Ballon d'Or.


Messi recently created history when he won a record sixth Ballon d'Or gong, which put him one clear of Ronaldo in the honour stakes. Cole for his part admitted that he would have loved to see ​Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk win the award, though there is no doubt that the above mentioned duo still remain the best in the business.



“It’s tough. You want different positions maybe being credited with how good they’ve played in that season, but to be honest I don’t think you can look outside of Messi and Ronaldo. What Messi does week in, week out is not normal. Again, the same with Ronaldo. It wasn’t a surprise that Messi won it but one day, yeah, we probably would like a defender to win it," Cole said as quoted by ​Fox Sports.


With both Messi and Ronaldo still active in football, there is no doubting that they will be competing for personal honours, and it will be interesting to see who steps up once the duo decided to hang up their boots.