Lionel Messi has said Cristiano Ronaldo is the “greatest football player in the world”.

“I don’t think it’s possible to compare Cristiano, who has been at his best, Ronaldo, who hasn’t been at the best, Messi, who is still at the peak of his powers, and Ronaldo, the greatest footballer in the history of the game,” the Argentina striker told an audience of sportsmen.

“For example, Cristiano can be described as the best player of the world, because he’s the only player who has never won the Ballon d’Or and has never achieved the record that he did last year,” he said.

“He was the first to score a hat-trick and has the most goals, he’s also the only one who has won the World Cup and also the World Club Player of the Year award.”

The reason why Cristiano is the best football player of all time is because of his ability and the way he plays the game.

“Read more”I know the record of Ronaldo is still being broken but I’m not a fan of the record, because Cristiano’s a great player and he is still playing.

“I can say that Cristiano won the Golden Ball twice, the European Cup twice, World Cup twice and has won three Ballon D’Or.”

But Ronaldo is a different player, because in his time he has never had a goal.

He’s a player who’s not afraid to shoot.

“The former Real Madrid player added: “I don’ think Ronaldo is an athlete, he doesn’t have the speed of a footballer and he’s a good player, but he’s not the best footballer in history.

“Cristiano is.

He is the world’s greatest football player and I love Cristiano.

I think it is impossible to compare him to Messi.” 

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Not a fan’I am a big fan of Cristiano,” he added.”

It’s his best year in the World and he deserves more recognition.

He has a great team and I think that Cristian has done a good job for his team.

“As for Messi, I don’t know how much more he can go in terms of football and that’s what I’m happy about.”

Of course, he has been one of the best players of his generation and he will always be one of those.

“We need to improve our football and it is important to get better.”