By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Both Messi and Ronaldo have made excellent starts to the season, with the Barcelona playmaker notching 15 La Liga goals in 11 games and the Portuguese just three strikes behind him.
As a result of their influence in the domestic and European stage, the duo are often held up in comparison to each other, but Sagnol told fifa.com that one stood head and shoulders above the other.
"If you look at it in terms of pure quality and talent, then Messi is untouchable," he stated.
"It's a little more open if you bring club and national team results into it, though when it comes down to natural talent there's no one who's at Messi's level."
The FIFA Ballon d'Or is expected to be awarded to either Ronaldo or Messi, although there have been recent calls for the honour to go to Iker Casillas or Andrea Pirlo. Despite being a former right-back, Sagnol revealed that he had no issues with attacking players hogging the spotlight.
"The Fifa Ballon d'Or has always gone to attacking players, and as a defender I've never found that frustrating," he shared.
"Football is a sport that is there to make people dream, and that's something a defender can't do, which is normal in my mind. The Ballon d'Or should go to players who can do that, Lionel Messi can make people dream, and Cristiano Ronaldo too. Those are the players it should go to."
The Euro 2008 winner chose to back Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho for the Coach of the Year award, as Sagnol confessed that the Portuguese boss' record astounded him.
"If I had to choose one, I'd go for [Jose] Mourinho, even if his behaviour rubs people up the wrong way sometimes, he gets the best out of his players and he gets results wherever he goes. You just have to take your hat off to him."
"The only way you can judge a coach is by seeing what he's won. A coach who wins things must be good at what he does, and the likes of [Sir] Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola do it better than anyone else."