Lionel Messi: Argentine excludes Cristiano Ronaldo as he names 5 best stars

Lionel Messi: Argentine excludes Cristiano Ronaldo as he names 5 best stars

- Lionel Messi surprisingly excluded himself and Cristiano Ronaldo as he named five best players in the world

- The Argentine named his best leading stars with a wise pick across Europe's top three leagues

- Messi also fancied his rivalry with Ronals, though admitted it was not easy seeing the Juve star up above him

Lionel Mesi has named Luis Suarez Neymar Jr, Sergio Aguero, Kylian Mbappe, and Eden Hazard as the best players in the world, with the Barcelona hitman making his brilliant picks across Europe's top leagues.

The Argentine forward took everyone by surprise by not including himself and his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the five-man list.

Messi, 32, is often described as the greatest footie to ever grace the football sphere but his rivalry with Ronaldo has always seen the debate deflated as a section of football world believes the Portuguese is a few steps above him.

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Speaking about the rivalry, the Barcelona talisman who recently won his sixth-time Ballon D'Or gong, described his competition with Ronaldo as a nice one.

He, however, admitted it was hard seeing Ronaldo moving above him in terms of records and trophies.

Ronaldo had a long spell in Real Madrid where he enjoyed a healthy rivalry in La Liga with the Barcelona talisman, winning four Ballon d'Or awards in the process.

Messi has now described those moments of superiority battle as a great phase in his career while praising the former Real Madrid star as a great footballer.

"It was nice to have Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga because of the prestige he gave him, although it was hard to see him raise titles," Messi admitted.

The Argentine later went on to name the best stars in the world after him with a brilliant pick in Premier League, French League 1, La Liga.

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"[But] excluding him and me, the best players in the world are Mbappe, Neymar, Hazard, Suarez and Kun [Aguero]."

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Meanwhile, had reported that Barcelona reportedly stopped their players from going hard on their superstar Lionel Messi at the training sessions in order to keep the Argentine off injury risk, Jean-Clair Todibo has revealed.

Messi is Camp Nou's most important figure and Barcelona new manager Quique Setien will need his messianic presence in the coming La Liga encounters.

And Todibo has now lifted the lids on his Camp Nou experience, with the defender revealing players are 'very careful' around the Argentine.

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