By FOX SPORTS staff
Despite missing out on Europe's Best Player of the Year to Bayern Munich's Frank Ribery recently, Messi is unlikely to mind given the four Ballon d'Or awards he has picked up consecutively over the years.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was often considered Messi's direct rival for those accolades, but Guti told Punto Pelota that the Argentinean's influential displays would continue to help him edge out Ronaldo.
"I can only repeat what I have already said before and that is that Messi is the best in the world at the moment. It pains me to admit it, but it's the simple truth," he admitted.
"I am not saying that Messi is on another level than Cristiano, though. But he's more decisive at certain moments when the team really needs him. He can salvage a game by himself. They are arguably the two best players in the world, but when it comes to my personal preference I must admit that I like Messi more."
Closer to home, Ronaldo might face more competition with the arrival of record signing Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of Champions League holders Bayern, considered the move for the former Tottenham man a sign of Real Madrid's desperation for the European crown.
"One thing's clear and that's that the transfer of Bale is a new milestone in football," he stated.
"You have to include them in a small list of favourites. My colleague [Madrid president] Florentino Perez wants to win the 10th European Cup at all costs. The people at Madrid are not very patient."