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The former Camp Nou star has voiced his admiration for the Portugal international, but added that football is a team sport, and that Lionel Messi has perhaps achieved more

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has praised Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese netted his 40th La Liga goal to become the highest-ever scorer in a Spanish season.

His double strike in the rout of Almeria edged him into the record books, but Cruyff also says that an individual performance is not all that matters, adding that Barcelona's Lionel Messi has perhaps been even more successful this campaign.

He wrote in his weekly column in El Periodico de Catalunya: "Ronaldo has set the bar very high with his performances this term. Not only for La Liga, but also for the European Golden Shoe in the upcoming seasons.

"It's a tremendous performance to score that many goals in such a strong league. I have no doubt that Ronaldo and all Madridistas will be very proud with what he has achieved."

He added: "We should not forget that football is a team sport. If Ronaldo does even better next year, but Madrid again finish second, nobody will be happy.

"Lionel Messi on the other hand has also scored a lot, although he has not found the net as often as Ronaldo. He has made the final of all big competitions though. He is already halfway winning the double of La Liga and the Champions League."

Barcelona take on Manchester United in the final of the Champions League this Saturday at Wembley.

Ronaldo is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the third best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.

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