Chelsea legend, Ashley Cole has said he hopes that one day, a defender will win the Ballon d’Or again.
However, according to him, it will be difficult in this era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi won 2019’s Ballon d’Or, seeing off competition from Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, who has been brilliant for Liverpool since joining from Southampton midway through 2017-18 and played a major role in their UCL success last season.
Even if Cole wanted Van Dijk to win, he added that he is aware that Messi and Ronaldo are the best players in world football right now.
His words, “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.”
On his best leftback right now, “I think, for me, him and [Liverpool’s Andy] Robertson are the best two left-backs in the Premier League at the minute,”
On Leicester City’s Chillwell, “He’s playing in a good Leicester team, suiting his game at the minute where he can attack and he’s got protection behind him,”
“Whether he starts for England? That’s probably a question for Gareth [Southgate]. I’d like to see him start because I think when he has played for England he’s played very well.
“He looks accomplished there. I’d like to see him start but that’s down to the manager.”
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