Ilkay Gundogan: City star excludes Ronaldo, names top-3 players in the world

Ilkay Gundogan: City star excludes Ronaldo, names top-3 players in the world

- Ilkay Gundogan says Messi, De Bruyne and Mbappe are currently the best in the world

- The Manchester City star excluded Cristiano Ronaldo in the list

- Gundogan has faced Messi twice in the Champions League

Ilkay Gundogan has named Barcelona star Lionel Messi among his top three players in the world despite the suspension of all major leagues in Europe.

Team-mate Kevin De Bruyne and Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe are other players that make up the top three best players according to Gundogan.

Gundogan had in November 2019 claimed that Messi is the greatest player of all time with an edge over Ronaldo.

"For me he has always been on a different level to anyone else. Cristiano Ronaldo is the world class player after Messi, but for me he is not on this Galactico level of Messi,” he said.

The player has faced Messi twice in his career and that was in the UEFA Champions League 2016/2017 season when the Argentine netted a hat-trick in the first leg 4-0 rout of the Citizens.

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In the reverse fixture, Gundogan had a brace when City beat Barca 3-1 at the Etihad.

However, superstar, Neymar Jr, has expressed strong admiration for both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, saying the two powerful footies are "my idols."

The PSG forward, 28, is considered the leading light of football's next generation and there are debate he would also take the Ballon d'Or diadem from the Argentine and the Portuguese who are diving towards their twilight days.

Meanwhile, Neymar played with Messi at Barcelona before sealing a world-record move to Paris Saint Germain in 2018 in search of new challenges and verdant field of promise.

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The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bryune, Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt were also voted by fans. Liverpool were Champions of Europe last season and are on course to win their first Premier League title in over 30 years and it is the first time the Reds have had the most players in the team.

Manchester City's De Bruyne was the only Manchester City star to be selected with Dutch duo of De Jong and De Ligt also making the cut. The competition's highest scores Ronaldo and Messi did not miss out with Bayern Munich star Lewandowski leading the attacking line.

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