Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez deserves to win the Ballon dOr this year ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi. Suarez has been included on the 30-man shortlist for the award and is one of the favourites to take the title after scoring 59 goals in 53 games for the La Liga champions last season. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! Rodgers, who managed Suarez during his time in charge of Liverpool, is set to face his former player on Wednesday night when Celtic take on Barcelona in the Champions League. And the former Reds boss believes the Uruguayan deserves to win footballs top individual prize for the first time, ahead of previous winners Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Suarez is one of the favourites to win the award along with team-mates Neymar and Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo If youre talking about the Ballon dOr and the last year then I dont think theres been any player better than Luis Suarez, said Rodgers. Rodgers worked with Suarez during his time in charge of Liverpool In terms of that award, I think he would be very deserving of it in terms of how hes played, what hes given the team, how hes carried the team and the level that hes played at consistently. But listen, Lionel Messi is a player that Ive admired since I saw him as a young player, a teenager. Ive seen him come into the team at 16,17 and the last ten years hes been remarkable. Celtic face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night His quality and just the things hes done in the game are magical. 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SAO PAULO -- Italian-born fencer Nathalie Moellhausen grew up hearing her Brazilian grandmother talk about Brazil.She rejoiced every time Grandma Marcelita picked up the guitar and played Brazilian songs around the house.It was because of her that Moellhausen learned to love Brazil.And now, to fulfill a dream of her 82-year-old grandmother, Marcela Farotti, Moellhausen will be competing for the hosts at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Brazil means everything to her, and she wanted me to do this for the country, Moellhausen said. She said it would be good to do something like this for a place that we love so much. So when the opportunity came, I decided to make the switch.Moellhausen, who has an Italian mother and a German father, has dual citizenship. She joins Brazils Olympic delegation after representing Italy her entire career, including at the London Games in 2012.This is something she really wanted, Moellhausen said of her grandmother. She cries every time I talk to her about me competing for Brazil.Farotti said its hard not to get emotional.Its moving to know that she will be competing under the Brazilian flag, which is also my flag, Farotti said. I did everything I could so she could compete for Brazil, and now Im incredibly happy that this is finally going to happen.The 30-year-old fencer said she visited the country many times on vacation with her grandmother but had never given serious thought about competing for Brazil until Rio was awarded the Olympics in 2009.It wasnt easy to make the switch after representing Italy for so long, but she felt her connections to Brazil were strong enough to justify the move. In addition to making her grandmother happy, she also saw an opportunity to help develop the sport in a place where it lacks popularity.I did it for my grandma but also because it gave me the opportunity to help promote fencing in Brazil, she said. Ive been fencing virtually my entire life. 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That would be the best way to show my appreciation for the country.The epee fencer succeeded internationally while representing Italy, helping her native country win the team competitions in the 2007 European Championship and the 2009 World Championship. Moellhausen also won the individual bronze at the 2010 World Championship and the 2011 European Championship.She has been training in France for the last 10 years with some of the sports most renowned coaches, including Frenchman Daniel Levavasseur and five-time Olympic medalist Laura Flessel-Colovic, who helped Moellhausen reach No. 13 in the world rankings.Moellhausen will have a chance to give Brazil an unprecedented medal in fencing. The Brazilian team hasnt achieved any significant results in the Olympics so far.Moellhausen said its unlikely that her grandmother, who left Brazil a few years ago and has been living in Milan, will be able to make the long trip to Rio for the games, but the fencer has promised to keep her updated.If she ends up with a medal, Moellhausen said she will get back to Italy as quickly as possible to show her prize to Grandma Marcelita.I already know that she wont stop crying, she will be out of words to describe her feelings, Moellhausen said.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tales-azzoni Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '