By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Ronaldo and Messi are the frontrunners to win the Ballon D'Or, an annual award given to the player who performed the best the previous season, after both players enjoyed stellar seasons with their respective clubs.
However, Mourinho believes Messi would edge out Ronaldo for this year's award, citing the Argentinian's good media image as the main reason why the Catalan star would triumph over the Portuguese captain, whose acts of petulance on the field have earned him several critics.
Speaking to A Bola, Mourinho said: "If they give it to the best, they either give it to Cristiano or Messi.
"And I ask, if they are equal, why does one have to win four and the other just one?
"No. It is normal that one has three and the other two.
"If Cristiano does not win the Ballon D'Or this year, it will be because he is not as sympathetic; he does not sell his image as well and does not do interviews to apologise for having argued with a team-mate on the field."
However, Mourinho claims the former Manchester United player should be given more respect than Messi as he believes Ronaldo's rise to the top at Los Blancos was a harder process than that of the Argentinian.
"It is more difficult to be Ronaldo than Messi," Mourinho added.
"Messi grew up in the team with the team-mates he plays with.
"Cristiano was in England and they brought him here, to a team with a losing dynamic. He had to grow in the last two years at this team, where he is being developed."
Last Sunday's El Clasico ended in a 2-2 draw, with both Ronaldo and Messi staking their claims for the award with two goals apiece, but Mourinho has no doubt who should win the award if he had his way.
"On Sunday, after a fantastic game, I was asked a question and I tried to find a fair and respectful answer, not just about my player, but also the opponent," Mourinho mused.
"But now I say: Mine [Ronaldo] was not born in Madeira, he was born on Mars, so he is not from the planet earth. So he is the best in the universe."
The 49-year-old backed up his argument with an analysis of the differences in the roles both players play and concluded that Ronaldo's position on the wings made it much harder for him to score as compared to Messi's position up front as a striker.
"One plays as a '9' or '9.5', and moves around a space of 50 square metres," the former Chelsea manager assessed.
"In this zone the distance to the goal is smaller and the defensive space less intense.
"The other plays on the wing, he is a winger. How is it that a winger can score the same number of goals as a forward?"
"He [Ronaldo] is a winger who defends, who in the 94th minute (of last Sunday's game) is capable of making a defensive sprint after Pedro, who was free.
"He is a player who at dead-balls must come back 20 times (each match) because he is a fundamental player in the defensive strategy."
Ronaldo was in amazing form for Los Blancos last season, scoring 60 goals in 55 appearances while Messi also impressed for the Catalans, scoring an incredible 73 goals in 60 appearances.