- Lionel Messi believes 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 won five Ballon d'Or awards each in the last decade before 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 longtime 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 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 can be the best in the world. Cristiano, I take him out and put him with me, a part. I swear to you, I am being honest," the Barcelona captain was quoted saying.
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 slowed 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 win titles. It would have been nice to still have him here," Messi admitted.
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 quarter final and semi final.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has since bagged 19 league goals in the Series A this season and steered Juventus to the Champions League quarter finals after scoring a sensational hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi said his son recently asked him why do people crucify him in Argentina.
"When I made the decision to return, there were many who criticised the decision. My 6-year-old son asked me: 'Dad, why do they crucify you Argentina".
"I tell him that it's just a handful of people. I've shown my desire to play for Argentina and don't need to prove this to anyone," Messi said.
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