Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier Drogba has branded Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi football's two "monsters", reports Goal.com.
The Chelsea legend was asked who he plans to vote for in the forthcoming Ballon d'Or nominations, but refused to reveal his preferred candidate for the 2012 accolade.
However, he did take time to lavish praise on the Barcelona and Real Madrid duo, who have taken Spain's Primera Division by storm over the past few seasons, and carried that scintillating form into the Champions League as well.
Both players captain their respective national teams - Portugal and Argentina - and are widely regarded as the two best individual talents in modern day world football.
"We all know it is between two, the two monsters that are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo," Drogba told FranceFootball.fr. "You do not realise but they have revolutionised the statistics.
"Before them it was a feat to score 30 goals a season in a major championship. For several years now they have scored over 40. They are phenomenal.
"I cannot tell you who my vote is going to though, as I will be killed."
In the same interview, the 34-year-old Ivory Coast international also spoke of his close relationship with Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, whom he played under during his time at Stamford Bridge.
And, that is not the only Chelsea connection that Drogba still has while he continues his career in China, with regular contact with the Blues' Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
"I always get messages from him, and Abramovich too. The problem with this is that Jose does not understand there is a large time difference and he sends me texts whenever I am asleep!"