Piers Morgan slams Alexis Sanchez for claiming he's on Lionel Messi's level

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Eyebrows were raised earlier today when Alexis Sanchez claimed he is just as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

A world-class player in his own right, the Chilean has enjoyed successful stints at Barcelona and Arsenal but is nowhere near on the same level as football's two best players.

And yet, Sanchez insists he is up there with the best of them.


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He told Sport, per Goal: "I have reached a level where I can compete with great players. I do not feel inferior to anybody.

"I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them."

Now, there's nothing wrong with being confident in your own ability, but Sanchez likening himself to Messi and Ronaldo - who have shared the Ballon d'Or since 2008 - is a bit far.

That's what outspoken Arsenal fan Piers Morgan thinks anyway.

The TV personality, never one to keep his thoughts to himself, has since reacted on Twitter to Sanchez's outlandish claim and it's absolutely savage (see below).

He said: "He's not, which is why Barcelona let him go."

Ouch. Morgan's blunt claim that Sanchez was let go by Barcelona is something the 27-year-old will also dispute having insisted earlier this year it was his choice to join Arsenal - no one else's.

"I never regret my decisions," the Chilean said, per the Mirror.

"It wasn’t easy to leave ­Barcelona. I fulfilled a dream when I moved there - to play in Spain and for the champions - but very few players stay in the same club all their life. To leave is normal.

"I wanted a new project, a new experience. And with so many attacking players at Barca it was a good choice to go.

"The directors told me clubs were interested. So I think it was a good choice to go to Arsenal, the best choice. It has been a positive move and I love it at Arsenal."

Reaching Messi and Ronaldo's level is perhaps an impossibility for Sanchez but he can better his chances by winning the Premier League this season.

Indeed, players are judged on their success and unless the Chile international wins further silverware at the Emirates Stadium, he'll forever be regarded as nothing more than a world-class player, rather than one of the world's best.

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