The Argentina legend's stance remains the same regarding the two players, even though the Portuguese has come out on top in their recent encountersDiego Maradona says Lionel Messi remains the best footballer in the world, despite Barcelona losing to Real Madrid twice last week.
Ronaldo scored twice in los Blancos' 3-1 success over the Blaugrana on February 12, and though Messi fired home an equaliser at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, the Portuguese's emergence from the bench ensured a 2-1 victory.
"Messi cannot save every game for Barcelona," the former Al Wasl trainer told Marca. "Ronaldo is a wonderful player. He is in a fantastic shape, but Messi is still better, even after the defeat of his club. "
The 52-year-old also revealed that he misses mentoring the Argentina star since he lost his position as Albiceleste coach following their World Cup 2010 exit.
"I love Messi, I would like to be his coach [again] some day," Maradona said.
Barcelona currently tops the Liga table with an 13-point advantage over Madrid in third place.