The ex-Benfica striker believes the Real Madrid star possesses more power but less subtlety than the former Portugal ace
Nuno Gomes played alongside Figo for Portugal between 1996 and 2006, while he also featured alongside Ronaldo for the Seleccao during the latter stages of his international career.
While he acknowledges that Ronaldo is blessed with greater physical prowess than his Madrid predecessor, the former Benfica star claims Figo was the more intelligent footballer of the two.
"Figo during his time was the best and Cristiano is the best at the moment," Nuno Gomes was quoted as saying by uefa.com.
"Figo had more brains but Cristiano has more power.
"Maybe Cristiano scores more goals than Figo did because he can play not only as a winger but as a forward, whereas Figo was more of a winger but was rapid."
Figo, who won the 2000 edition of the Ballon d'Or, played 239 games for Madrid between 2000 and 2005, while Ronaldo - twice a winner of the revamped Fifa Ballon d'Or prize - has made 244 appearances.