THE BEST FIFA MEN'S PLAYER 2016

Agüero backs Messi for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016

Sergio Agüero has told an interview with the governing body's website that the Barcelona man should be crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Player.

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Agüero backs Messi for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2016
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Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero has backed Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi to scoop 2016's inaugural The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Messi is one of the three finalists for the new global player of the year prize, created by world football's governing body to replace the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Also in the running for the accolade are Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, and Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid and France.

Agüero: "Messi's the best there is"

"He’s ahead of the rest, including the other nominees, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my friend," Agüero told an interview with FIFA.com ahead of Monday's announcement of the winner.

"I train with him and I see it with my own eyes," the former Atlético Madrid man continued. "He does things I don’t see anyone else doing. He’s the best there is."

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