I used the conditional as I did not want to be the one making the argument. I do not really care about the debate. Messi is a great player and I respect him. End of the discussion for me. I am happy Modric won the Ballon d'or because 1) I love him, 2) He is not a goal scorer, so it is nice to see a different kind of player win. In the grand scheme of things, was Messi better? Maybe, maybe not, I do not care.