Saviola backs Barcelona's Messi for Ballon d'Or ahead of Real Madrid pal Casillas

For the Ballon d'Or, Javier Saviola says he'd vote for Barcelona's Lionel Messi ahead of Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas. There's a big push from Real to have Casillas crowned this year's Ballon d'Or, but Saviola obviously hasn't read the script. Saviola said: "Casillas has his qualities, he was champion of the Euros, which makes him among the season's best. If I had to choose a goalkeeper, I'd choose Iker, but I like football, players who try and play well and take risks, that's why I choose Messi. Not for anything else.

For the Ballon d'Or, Javier Saviola says he'd vote for Barcelona's Lionel Messi ahead of Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.

There's a big push from Real to have Casillas crowned this year's Ballon d'Or, but Saviola obviously hasn't read the script.

Saviola said: "Casillas has his qualities, he was champion of the Euros, which makes him among the season's best. If I had to choose a goalkeeper, I'd choose Iker, but I like football, players who try and play well and take risks, that's why I choose Messi. Not for anything else.

"My thought is that Messi deserves it as today nobody plays like him. Leo is a very complete player and is destined to be one of the greatest in history."

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