Cristiano Ronaldo took a swipe at Lionel Messi after being taunted by Denmark fans during Portugal's 3-2 victory over Morten Olsen's side in Lviv on Wednesday.
Danish supporters shouted the Argentine's name every time the Real Madrid star received possession and the 27-year-old attacker, who proved unusually profligate on the night, was asked about the chanting shortly after the full-time whistle.
"You know where he was at this time [last year]? Do you know? He was being eliminated in the Copa America, in his own country," Ronaldo said at the post-game press conference. "I think that's worse, no?"
While Argentina was indeed eliminated in last summer's Copa America, it did not bow out until the quarterfinal stages, at the hands of eventual winner Uruguay.
Portugal, meanwhile, would have been eliminated had it lost to Denmark but will now go into its final Group B outing against Netherlands tied for second place with the Scandinavians on three points.
Ronaldo is regarded as Messi's only rival for the title of the greatest player in the world and is currently hoping to ruin the Barcelona forward's bid for a fourth successive Ballon d'Or.