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Messi, Hazard, Mbappe and Neymar Get Nod But CR7 Misses Out in Ronaldo's Top Five

Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Ronaldo, who owns a majority stake at Real Valladolid in Spain, has won the Ballon d’Or winner twice and two World Cup titles, apart from being considered to be one of the best strikers to have played the game.

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Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, also known as Ronaldo, picked Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the best player in the world while overlooking Cristiano Ronaldo in his top-five list of current players.

Ronaldo, who owns a majority stake at Real Valladolid in Spain, has won the Ballon d’Or winner twice and two World Cup titles, apart from being considered to be one of the best strikers to have played the game.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid man has always claimed that the left-footed Argentine is one of the finest to have ever graced the game, and he reiterated that again in an interview with AS on Monday.

“Messi, of course, he is number one, he is a talent that means it will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar,” said Ronaldo while mentioning his choices which also included Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain stars.

“I also like Mohamed Salah, Eden HazardNeymar, I love watching him play, and of course, Kylian Mbappe.”

Mbappe, who won the World Cup last year with France, has been likened to Ronaldo, and the ex-Inter and Real Madrid striker said that he knows exactly why.

“Many people say that he [Mbappe] looks like me. He has a lot of speed, he finishes well, he has great movement, he shoots really well with both feet, he has an incredible stride,” said Ronaldo.

“We have similar attributes, but I never liked the comparisons, especially between players of different generations, because the situations are different.”

While comparing the talents of Salah, Neymar, and Mbappe, who all ply their trade in England and France, Ronaldo indicated that he considers La Liga to be the best league in the world.

“It is not clear that the Premier League is better than our league. Perhaps in television income, the clubs receive more, but the best players are in Spain, or at least, most of them,” said Ronaldo.

After Bundesliga restarted its season, La Liga is now set to resume on June 11 when Sevilla will play Real Betis. Premier League will also restart on June 17.

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