Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres believes that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and would have achieved more, if not for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star claimed his fifth Golden Ball this month, moving level with rival, Lionel Messi, as they continue their battle for individual and club supremacy.
Barcelona will travel to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, giving the pair a chance to go at each other again.
Torres praised Ronaldo for his accomplishments, but believes Messi reigns supreme.
“What Cristiano Ronaldo has done in the time of Messi says a lot about him,” Torres told Radio MARCA.
“If he wasn’t there, then Messi would have achieved double.
“I think that Messi is the best player in the world, although they are different players.”