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Messi ´a notch below´ Ronaldo, says Ramos

Sergio Ramos believes Lionel Messi is “a notch below” Ream Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the FIFA Ballon d’Or announcement.

Messi is the only player to win the prize, which recognises the best player in the world over a calendar year, since it became an official FIFA award back in 2010.

Ronaldo has finished second in two of those votes but, while Messi’s 2013-14 campaign has been marred by injury, the Portugal international has been in superb form.

The 28-year-old attacker has scored 24 goals in all competitions for Real so far this term, and Ramos feels the former Manchester United man is now a level above his Argentine counterpart.

He told Movistar: “In previous years maybe not, but this year it is being demonstrated that, although he has always been seen as the best in the world, Messi is now a notch below Ronaldo.

“The Ballon d’Or has to be given to the best player of the moment.”

The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or will be narrowed down to the three in December, with the winner announced on January 13 2014.

Sat 16 Nov, 2013
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  1. ro says:

    leo messi has a superb season 2013 and don’t forget the ballon d`or will be given to the player who has a great season 2012- 2013 so messi will win the ballon d`or. Ronaldo did not do anything 2012-2013

  2. eedlg says:

    i think “ro” above is basing on history to make current judgements. RONALDO CHRISTIANO is undoubtedly the best player currently. He deserves it and he deserves it absolutely. MESSI is also good but Dos Santos truly has an upper notch.

  3. Rivaldo says:

    A fact is that during more seasons ronaldo deserved the ballon D”orr
    But it would be a 50/50 or 60/40
    Kind of thing.
    This season though at the la liga, the cup, the off season, the champions luege and for portugal ronaldo has been a notch better then messi
    I would say 70/30 for ronaldo

  4. cooleo says:

    Ronaldo is outstanding this season/year. He broke messi’s record of 13 CL goals in calender year to 14.he also single handedly took portugal to World cup. Now he is the first player ever to win the european golden shoe in two different european league(PL nd la liga). He is currently d highest scorer in a calender year with 67 goals while messi is 45(n d 2nd).Ronaldo also broke filippo Inzaghi’s CL highest goals scored in 3 CL match of a season.he is nw portugal’s all time scorer wit 48 goals after his decisive,tremendous, outstanding hat trick against Sweden in world cup play off. Ronaldo highly above any other player in this planet deserve it. We judge by facts nd nt sentiments.

  5. ellijah says:

    the fact is the goals of a player are determind by the games he played cr7 played more than messi because messi was injured not because of he couldnt score for the short time he played he showd that he is the best player

  6. raphael says:

    Ronaldo need no tick tack passes to score. U know wat am saying

  7. Jonathan says:

    CR7 is it! Even when he scored more goals than Messi, he was denied the Ballon d’or. Ronaldo is proving it with his legs that he’s the best at this time – has always been, but just unlucky or simply cheated! Even Brazil’s and former Real Madrid player, Ronaldo, who has been rooting for Messi to win , didn’t deserve to win the Ballon d’or three times over the current Real Madrid’s Ronaldo who won it just once but is far better than him (Ronaldo of Brazil)! Ronaldo of Portugal has played in three different leagues and has been consistent in all, scoring goals upon goals. Let Messi do the same, and then, for me, he’ll deserve all the four Ballon d’ors he’d won so far! For now, Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal deserves it. Anything short of his winning it this time around would amount to ‘Blue Murder’!

  8. A.B.C says:

    messi ii win back next year…years…he is te best n ever….

  9. DON says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Who ever wrote this is hilarious… Must have never seen Messi play before to say such a trifling statement. Messi is closer to a God than Ronaldo is to Messi. But seriously I bust out in laughter every time I see this!!

  10. jack says:

    ive never seen so many ignorant people in one conversation, i respect ronaldo as a pplayer really i do, hes a world class player, but he is not even close to messi, ronaldo is pure flare, and relied on his players to make perfect passes in order to score, go on youtube, look at his goals and messi’s goals, there is a clear difference, messi is a dribbling genius, ronaldo is good, but not as amazing OPEN YOUR EYES!

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