Lionel Messi shows support for ex-Rangers star Fernando Ricksen

Messi took a picture with Ricksen, while several other stars signed a Lionbrand shirt. Picture: Twitter
Messi took a picture with Ricksen, while several other stars signed a Lionbrand shirt. Picture: Twitter
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Lionel Messi, fresh from being crowned Ballon d’Or winner, took time to pose for photos with former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen at the awards ceremony.

Ricksen was a guest of honour at the proceedings. The Ibrox hall of famer has been battling Motor Neurone Disease since 2013.

Many of the world’s best players showed their support for Ricksen. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Neymar also took snaps with the Dutchman, while several also signed a Lionbrand shirt with a No.2 on the back. These tops raise funds for MND Scotland.

Ricksen won seven trophies across his Rangers career, making over 250 appearances.

Messi won the Ballon d’Or at last night’s awards, beating out Ronaldo into second, with Neymar in third, to earn the recognition for an unprecedented fifth time.

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