- Lionel Messi believes that up to four players, including Mbappe and Neymar, have the capacity to reach the greatest heights of football
- He, however, named himself and Ronaldo as the world's best players
- The duo has won five Ballon d'Or awards each in the last decade, with Luka Modric breaking the dominance in 2018
Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has named himself and rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, as the best players in the world.
Football fans, pundits and players have for a long time been embroiled in the debate on who is the best footballer between Ronaldo and Messi, with opinion often divided on who is better.
However, speaking during a recent interview, Messi admitted they both rank as the world's best footballers.
He further named Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as the other players who have the potential to reach greater heights in the round-leather game.
"Today, Neymar, Mbappe, Suarez, Aguero. Today, they can be the best in the world. Cristiano, I take him out an put him with me, a part. I swear to you, I am being honest," the Barcelona captain was quoted saying.
Briefly.co.za gathered that both Messi and Ronaldo had a longstanding rivalry in the La Liga, with each often trying to outshine the other in record-breaking.
But the animosity has cooled down in recent months after Ronaldo sealed a sensational move to Juventus last summer.
"I miss Cristiano in Spain. It was nice to have him although it was difficult to see him left titles. It would have been nice to still have him here," Messi admitted.
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Be that as it may, the two players could have a chance to face off once again during this season's UEFA Champions League finals, should their respective teams beat their opponents in the quarters and semis.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has since bagged 19 league goals in the Series A this season and steered Juventus to the Champions League quarters after scoring a sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.
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