Only Andres Iniesta has muscled in on Messi and Ronaldo’s dominance of the top two since 2008, finishing second behind his Barcelona team-mate in 2010.
Messi is the heavy favourite to win the 2015 prize – and make it eight consecutive years in which he or Ronaldo has won – and Keegan, who won the award twice when it was given to the European footballer of the year, says there should be no need to have a view on which player is best.
“Everyone wants you to say: ‘who do you think is best?’,” he told sc.qa. “But I always say: ‘Just think how lucky we are to have two players like this’.
“It doesn’t happen very often and really they should have shared it for the last four years. You could say ‘joint winners Ronaldo and Messi’, because the two of them have been on a different level to everyone.”