The AC Milan and former Barcelona forward believes his old Argentine team-mate remains the best player in the world - even if he is overly reliant on his left foot
The Sweden international, who played alongside Messi during his season-long stay at Barcelona in 2009-10, is of the opinion that while Ronaldo is a wonderful player, he has had to work hard to get where he is today.
"Leo Messi is all talent, while Cristiano Ronaldo is the product of much training," Ibrahimovic told TV3.
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However, the AC Milan striker suggested that Ronaldo is probably the more complete player, arguing ahead of the Rossoneri's Champions League meeting with Messi's Barcelona at Camp Nou that the three-time Ballon d'Or winner is somewhat one-footed.
"Messi does not need his right foot, though," Ibrahimovic conceded. "He only uses the left and he's still the best in the world!
"Imagine if he also used his right foot ... Then we [Milan] would have serious problems!"
Milan's eagerly-awaited quarter-final second-leg clash with the Blaugrana gets underway at 19.45 on Tuesday.
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