Ronaldo has Messi as ‘number one’ but snubs CR7 in top five

The legendary Brazilian frontman considers a Barcelona icon to be the best player on the planet, with Neymar and Eden Hazard in the group behind him

Ronaldo and Messi
Ronaldo and Messi


Former Barcelona star Ronaldo considers Lionel Messi to be the undisputed “number one” in modern football, with Cristiano Ronaldo overlooked in the Brazilian’s top five as Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe get the nod.

The two-time World Cup winner has never shied away from the fact that he considers a mercurial Argentine on the books at Camp Nou to be one of the finest to have ever played the game.

He has reiterated that stance when naming those who capture his imagination in the present and it comes as no surprise to see six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi top that chart, but the omission of Portuguese superstar Ronaldo will see eyebrows raised.

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