Ronaldo takes swipe at every player except Messi

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid (R) attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, came after all the other Ballon d’Or prospects by stating that only him and Messi are at the very top.

It’s always nice to read when Cristiano Ronaldo brags about being the best player in football history, only this time around, he didn’t make the mistake of leaving Messi out of the equation when he talked about the best players who are still active today.

The explosive interview he granted to France Football this week was a major event in world football, he never disappoints with the many juicy topics he discusses and he always leaves room for a lot of debate as well as many great headlines.

The whole drama with Florentino Perez and how he left Real Madrid was especially interesting, but he also talked about the next Ballon d’Or and wanted to clarify which players deserve the award the most this year.

It was obvious that he was going to mention himself, but he also surprised many by talking about Messi.

“How many players are capable of staying at the highest level of performance for over a decade?” Said Cristiano on France Football.

“You count them with the fingers from one hand, let’s say there are only two: Messi and I. At my age, no other players go from one great club to another for €100 million.”

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“At my age, and I say this with respect to the players who do, they usually go to China, the United Arab Emirates, or India to finish their career without staying at the highest level.”

“I am proud to be a different animal and maybe that’s the reason I have been at the very top of the mountain for the last twelve years,” he concluded.