Cristiano Ronaldo is a great human player but Messi is a Martian, claims Basile

While he acknowledged the Real Madrid ace's footballing ability, the veteran trainer described his compatriot as from another planet, and thus cannot be compared to his peers
Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile has taken the time to praise Barcelona star Lionel Messi, and feels the prolific forward is from "another planet".

The 68-year-old believes that while the Real Madrid forward is a great player in his own right, the Argentine's is presently in a league of his own and cannot be measured against other footballers.

"You cannot compare anyone to Messi. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great human player, but Messi is a Martian. He can run with the ball at an even higher speed than without the ball," Basile stated to Radio 9.

"It's as if he's playing another sport. It's nearly impossible to do the things he does at that speed. He just keeps getting better and is always improving."

Basile also had his say on whether Pele or Diego Maradona was a better player, but struggled to give a definitive answer.

"Pele was an absolute monster and had a fantastic physique," he added.

"Maradona was another genius and better in tight spaces. Diego was the team's leader, whereas Pele was more of an individual player."