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Aguero clarifies, says Messi is his pick for Ballon d’Or

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Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero has clarified his statement that according to him was misquoted regarding Ballon d’Or winner this year.

Aguero has now fully backed his teammate in Argentina team Lionel Messi’s bid to regain the Ballon d’Or and denied the earlier reports.

Manchester City striker Aguero while addressing a question recently had said that the next Ballon d’Or winner has “to be in the Champions League [final]”.

It was taken as that he has given a snub to his fellow Argentine as Barcelona couldn’t reach Champions League.

Messi, a five-time recipient, agonisingly fell one step short of Europe’s showpiece stage as Barcelona gave up a three-goal advantage in losing 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool in the semifinals.

To clarify the misquoted statement Aguero took to social media to further explain whether he thinks his Argentina team-mate deserves the honour in 2019.

“I don’t enjoy having to clarify my statements – but when I’m quoted for things I haven’t said, it must be done,” Aguero said in a Twitter post.

“I’ll spell it out then. No one other than Messi will be my pick for the Ballon d’Or as long as he keeps on playing – particularly if he plays like he did this season.

“The question put forward to me was whether I should win the award myself this year.

“My reply was that I should have reached the [Champions League] final if I wished to deserve it. Couldn’t be clearer, and there shouldn’t have been room for misinterpretation.”