One can only assume that Pepe has forgotten about the existence of Lionel Messi - and possibly Luis Suarez and Neymar too, for that matter - after telling reporters that his Real Madrid teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, is “light years” ahead of anyone else.
The Portuguese centre-back believes Ronaldo, 31, is the world’s best player - despite the fact he was beaten to the 2015 Ballon d’Or by Messi in January.
Ronaldo has scored 43 goals in 41 matches this season, but his overall influence in matches wasn’t what it was compared to a few years ago. Not that Pepe would agree with that assessment.
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"People like Cristiano are unique, they are people blessed by God," he said in an interview with the Portuguese Football Federation, per Goal. "He was blessed by God and knew he would become one of the best in the history of football.
"Cristiano is the best and is light years ahead of anyone else. He's a quiet person, a hard-worker and honest."
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Big few weeks coming up for Madrid
Those words should boost Cristiano’s ego ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Wolfsburg and, of course, the final weeks of the Spanish league campaign.
Real Madrid are now just four points behind Barcelona with six matches remaining after the Catalan giants suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad at the weekend.
Zinedine Zidane said the title race was “over” after Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in February - but Barcelona’s unexpected dip in form means the outcome of the title race is now far from certain.
Ronaldo leads race for Pichichi
As well as La Liga, Ronaldo will also be desperate to finish the season with the Pichichi - the award handed to the league’s top scorer.
The Portuguese superstar currently leads the way with 30 goals - four ahead of Suarez and eight ahead of Messi - and it would now be a surprise if he doesn’t go on to win the individual accolade for the fourth time.
Four times, however, would not be a record.
It would equal the number of Pichichi awards won by Ferenc Puskas, but Telmo Zarra, Alfredo di Stefano, Quini and Hugo Sanchez all won more.
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