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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said it is ridiculous to compare Lionel Messi with other players after Cristiano Ronaldo beat him to the Ballon d'Or earlier this month.
"Messi can play any position he wants," the coach told Barca TV. "If I put him at centre-back, he'd be the best defender in the team. He's just different.
"It's ridiculous that they're comparing awards -- the Melon d'Or or whatever they want to compare. It's ridiculous.
"Not to take anything away or disrespect current players, I'm thinking about past players, too. There's no room for comparisons.
"Don't forget to compare Messi to players from many years ago. The level was far inferior physically then, players are more prepared today, stronger physically, skills wise, better coaches giving them more info.
"There will never be another player like him."