Ronaldinho rates Lionel Messi as the world's best player

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi is a debate that will wage on for generations. 

The two La Liga superstars have both carved out absolutely incredible careers, but Ronaldo has recently staked his claim as the world's best by winning Euro 2016 with Portugal. 

International trophies are said to count for a great deal when it comes to judging the greatest players, but it appears CR7's latest achievements haven't cut much ice with one of the most awe-inspiring footballers of the modern era, Ronaldinho. 


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Ultimate respect 

According to Sky Sports, the former Brazilian superstar still rates Messi as number one, explaining: 

"He is still the best football player in the world. The respect I have for him doesn't change at all."

And despite the Argentinian's decision to quit the international arena following his side's Copa America final defeat to Chile, Ronaldinho insists: 

 "For me, Messi leaving international football does not change anything." 

Messi the best 

Ronaldo managed just 25 minutes of the European Championship final before being stretchered off, but his team's 1-0 triumph over hosts France has clearly bolstered his reputation in the global game. 

Messi's fortunes have taken a very different turn in the last fortnight, but Ronaldinho clearly believed that with the upcoming battle for the Ballon d'Or - which he himself won 11 years ago -Barca's main man is the more deserving party. 

Ronaldo may have got the last laugh in the Champions League, guiding Real Madrid to their 11th cup, but if Ronaldinho has his way, it will be his former team-mate who is once again recognised as this generation's greatest. 

Who's better - Messi or Ronaldo? Have your say in the comments. 

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