Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has stated in and interview with L' Equipe that both Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are "extremely strong", but he believes that his club colleague is the better player.
"Messi has more. Ronaldo dribbles well, he's excellent with headers, but Leo is more direct with the ball. He'll always do more than just score a goal," the former Manchester United defender said.
He continued that whilst both are difficult to mark, Ronaldo is slightly easier to defend against. "You have to make him (Ronaldo) play with his left foot, he's not as good as he is with his right, you can prevent him from going into the centre."
Pique also reflected on when Messi first came into the Blaugrana squad. Some of his teammates believed the diminutive Argentinian to be too weak.
"We were wondering what he was doing with us. But from that first training session we couldn't get the ball from him, and we still can't! His weakness was his physique, he broke his leg in the second game."
Pique sheds light on his time in England with Manchester United, claiming the physical English game taught him to use his body more in one-on-one situations and increase his fitness.
He also believes that there isn't that much difference between his current coach Pep Guardiola and his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Guardiola can scream as loud as Ferguson but chooses not to. He looks for more dialogue and tries to explain what works and what doesn't, Ferguson is more impulsive but they both have the capacity to motivate their players."
Pique joined Barcelona in 2008 after brief spells with Manchester United and Real Zaragoza. He has helped the Catalan giants win a number of titles including two La Liga crowns, the Champions League and the World Club Cup. He is also a World Cup winner with Spain.