Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Cristiano Ronaldo may have overtaken Lionel Messi as the better player over the last year.
The Frenchman, who has managed the Gunners since 1996, is widely considered one of the most intelligent and knowledgable coaches in the footballing world.
And he feels that Real Madrid star Ronaldo's remarkable athleticism puts him above Barcelona star Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or award for the last four consecutive years.
Speaking to the Arsenal website, who conducted a Twitter Q&A session, Wenger responded when asked the question 'Ronaldo or Messi?': "It's difficult, Messi was on top until now but in the last year maybe Ronaldo is in front, he is very athletic".
Ronaldo is currently playing some of the best football of his career, having scored an extraordinary 24 goals in 17 appearances for Real Madrid so far this season.
That means the Portugal captain has now scored a breathtaking 225 goals in 216 matches for Los Blancos since completing his world-record £80m move from Manchester United in 2009.
Messi, meanwhile, has endured a stop-start season at the Camp Nou. The naturally gifted Argentina international has 14 goals from 16 matches, but will miss the next two months after suffering a torn hamstring.