Shearer: Zlatan WAS world class but he's not Messi or Ronaldo

The Premier League's record goalscorer does not believe the Manchester United forward can compare to the best in the world any more

Alan Shearer has refused to accept Zlatan Ibrahimovic being called a 'world class' player, saying he's not in the same league as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Manchester United striker scored the winning goal as Jose Mourinho's side defeated Crystal Palace 2-1, prompting Phil Neville to lavish praise on the 35-year-old.

"He plays every minute of every game. The EFL Cup, Europa League, he goes to Russia and comes back and plays," Neville told BBC's 'Match of the Day'.

"I think he's world class. That's what world class players do, they play in every minute of every game. They don't want resting."

However, Shearer was less than impressed with his description, claiming that he might have once been at that level, but can no longer compare to today's greatest players.

"Let's have a look at this world class," the Premier League's record goalscorer began.

"Messi, Ronaldo, [Luis] Suarez. Is he as good as those three? He was world class, no doubt about it."