David Beckham, former Manchester United and England player, has said Lionel Messi is a level above Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is the only player to get close to Messi, with the two sharing 11 Ballons d’Or.
They are both generally regarded as the best footballers alive.
For Beckham, who passed on the No.7 shirt at United to Ronaldo, Messi edges the contest.
“He [Messi] is alone in his class as a player, it is impossible that there is another like him.
“He, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is not at his level, are both above the rest,” Beckham told Telam.