AC Milan ace Kaka has dismissed the credentials of Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting Lionel Messi deserves his Ballon d'Or. Kaka rates Barcelona dazzler Messi ahead of Manchester United winger Ronaldo and declared: "Messi is truly unique. Cristiano Ronaldo is also very good and deserves the prize, but I opted for Leo as my successor.

"But I am only talking about this year, because my goal is to recover and return as soon as possible to try to collect the trophy again in Paris and the FIFA World Player in Zurich."