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Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has insisted that Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than his team-mate Lionel Messi.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League final, that will see the two sides will go head-to-head in Rome next week, Toure insisted that Ronaldo currently has the edge on Messi.

However, the 26-year-old insisted that all that could change and that should Messi help crown Barcelona as European champions, then he might just steal Ronaldo’s crown.

“For now, Ronaldo is No 1,” he told the News of the World.

“He has so much power - just look at the goal he scored against Arsenal from 50m.

“And he is quick with the ball at his feet and strong in the air.”

“If Messi helps us to win the Champions League, then he deserves to be known as the best player in the world.”

Toure looks set to get a first-hand glimpse of Ronaldo’s talents in the Stadio Olimpico, as he is expected to feature again in defence for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Spanish champions will be without several key defenders, including Eric Abidal, Dani Alves and Rafael Marquez, whilst Darren Fletcher misses out for United due to suspension.

Gill Clark, Goal.com

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