Guardiola: ‘Messi is the best’

Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that Lionel Messi is “on another level” when compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo edged out Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award this year as he led Real Madrid to Champions League glory and helped Portugal win Euro 2016. 

Despite this, Guardiola, who is currently Manchester City’s manager, pointed out that Ronaldo still has a lot to accomplish if he is to catch up with Messi. 

Guardiola also agreed with current Barcelona manager Luis Enrique views that it’s "ridiculous" to compare Messi with any other player in the sport right now. 

"I agree with Luis. Messi is the best, he is definitely the best," Guardiola said. "He knows how to play, score and make the other players play. He is always there.

"With all the respect to all the players, first to Cristiano Ronaldo — congratulations to him for the award — I think Messi is on another level."

In the ongoing season, Messi has scored 23 goals and notched up eight assists in 20 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has found the back of the net 16 times to go with six assists in 19 appearances in all competitions.