The Portuguese winger has confessed that his arch-rival deserves to be regarded as the best on the planet, whilst adding that they are very different playersReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo feels that Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi is the best footballer in the world.
The 26-year-old was asked for his opinion on the diminutive Argentine and responded glowingly, but stated that the players have very different personalities and styles.
"He [Messi] is now the best," said Ronaldo bluntly, according to Sport.
He continued: "He has a personality and I have mine. He has his game and I have mine. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every aspect."
His comments come days after the ex-Manchester United star publicly claimed his club were the best on the planet, in contrast to his view on the Fifa World Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo's native Portugal comfortably beat Euro 2012 Qualifying Group H rivals Cyprus 4-0 on Friday, with last season's La Liga top scorer grabbing the opener.