Alvaro Morata picks the best striker in the world right now

Real Madrid CF v Sporting Clube de Portugal - UEFA Champions League

Alvaro Morata is back where he started his career at Real Madrid this season but he has no intention of playing second fiddle behind Zinedine Zidane's first choice trio of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all year.

Two years away from the Bernabeu yielded giant steps in Morata's development towards becoming a top European striker.

And although he is now training with Ronaldo and co. on a day-to-day basis, Morata doesn't think the best striker in the world is currently playing in La Liga.

In an interview with Sport Bild, as per ESPN, Morata snubbed Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as well as the talent within his current dressing room to label Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski as the best player in front of goal around.

"Lewandowski is the best striker there is, also because of his technique despite his height," Morata said.

"I try to learn a lot by watching him. I don't miss a match when he's playing, and I try to learn from his movements."

The 23-year-old may have snubbed Ronaldo in his striker rankings but he might feel slightly better after hearing Morata's opinion on the continuous Messi vs Ronaldo debate.

When asked who was better the Spaniard gave his reasoning for staying loyal to Real Madrid's No. 7.

He added: "I see how he fights and how he works his butt off every single day."

Real Madrid CF v Sporting Clube de Portugal - UEFA Champions League

Morata has already scored two goals since making his return to Spanish football but he could have easily ended up playing in the Premier League this term after Chelsea made an audacious offer for him.

Antonio Conte was prepared to make Morata the most expensive Spanish player in history - surpassing the £50 million Chelsea spent on Fernando Torres - but Zidane's assurance he would be given playing time at Madrid was enough for the striker to snub the mega deal.

And given Madrid's long-term interest in Lewandowski, there's no reason why Morata won't be lining up alongside his role model at Bernabeu at some point in the future.

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