DANI ALVES thinks Christian Eriksen should win this year’s Ballon d’Or after his Euro 2020 ordeal.
The Dane suffered a cardiac arrest during his country’s clash against Finland and Barcelona full-back Alves reckons the 29-year-old should be recognised as a result.
Lionel Messi is one of the favourites to scoop the prestigious award.
He said: “I think Eriksen would deserve the Ballon d’Or this year because of what he has been through.
“It would be a strong message for the whole football world, people would have more sensitivity.
“Messi is the best, he has been for 20 years, but it would be nice for everyone if Eriksen won it.
“I think on this occasion there was a chance to send a message to the world and to young people to say that football is much more than a Golden Ball, a ‘The Best’ or anything people can imagine…
JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)
“It is a risk that we run every time we are on the pitch, something can happen at any moment.
“I have had team-mates who died playing football.
“People, when these things happen, must have more sensitivity.”
⚽ Read our Football news live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals
The Manchester United star, 36, has won five Ballons d’Or during his glittering career – one behind his arch-rival Messi.
Earlier this week, Pascal Ferre, the editor in chief of France Football – organisers of the prestigious award – claimed Ronaldo had revealed to him his only career goal was to win more Ballons d’Or than Messi.
But Ronaldo has hit back with a fiery statement on Instagram, saying Ferre ‘lied’ to ‘promote his publication’.