Messi is currently tied with Ronaldo on five Ballon d’Or but is a big favourite to win it this year.
When asked about who will win the Ballon d’Or, he said: “In my opinion, the Ballon D’Or of this season is Messi for what he has done.
“He didn’t win the Champions League, but because it is an individual prize he scored a lot of goals, important goals,” he said according to Squawka.
The Argentine won the LaLiga title again with Barcelona, but were dumped out of the Champions League after an incredible Liverpool comeback at Anfield.
Rivaldo, however, feels Messi has done enough to win the prize.