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Ronaldo omitted from ex-Real Madrid teammate’s top 3 list

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A player widely considered to be the best in the world does not even make the current top three or overall top seven for Gonzalo Higuain.

Only a handful of select footballers have or have had the pleasure of playing alongside both the modern-day greats, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Gonzalo Higuain belongs to that exclusive club, with the striker having spent four years with Ronaldo at Real Madrid and almost a decade with Messi in the Argentina national team.

The prolific Portuguese and gifted Argentine, who have over 1400 goals, 64 major trophies, and 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them, have dominated European football for a long time.

The pair are still going strong late in their careers and are still viewed as two of the finest players in the world at present.

Higuain, however, has a different opinion as he names neither of the two when picking his three current best players.

“Currently, for me, the best are [Robert] Lewandowski, [Erling] Haaland, and [Karim] Benzema. Karim has been there for a long time, in the elite for 12 years,” the Inter Miami man told ESPN, via AS.

“Lewandowski, where he played, scored and won. Haaland is a great promise, with a great future. He surprised me, he is a great striker.

Ronaldo and Messi are considered the two very best players in the history of the sport, though the order of ranking is still up for debate. But Higuain doesn’t even have his former teammates in the top seven of his list of best players in history.

“In history, we have Suarez, Lewandowski, Cavani, Benzema, David Villa, Ibrahimovic,” he added. “And the best one who, ironically speaking, is in heaven: Ronaldo [Nazario]. I always wanted to be Ronaldo, I always wanted to copy him.”