Ronaldo: I'm the best ever

08 December 2017 14:11:09 EST

After winning his fifth Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo has described himself as the 'best player in history'.

The Portuguese superstar landed the award, which is organised by magazine France Football, for the fifth time to tie level with his great rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo helped Portugal to Euro 2016 success last summer while Real Madrid have won back-to-back Champions League crowns and are reigning Spanish champions.

Now Ronaldo has indicated that he believes he is the greatest player ever to have played football.

No footballer can do the things I can.

Cristiano Ronaldo

"I'm the best player in history, in the good moments and the bad ones," he told France Football.

"I respect everyone's preferences, but I've never seen anyone better than me. I have always thought that. No footballer can do the things I can. There's no player more complete than me.

"I play well with both feet, I'm quick, powerful, good with the head, I score goals, I make assists. There are guys who prefer Neymar or (Lionel) Messi. But I tell you: there's no-one more complete than me."

The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi as the standard-bearers for their generation has drawn plenty attention down the years.

Ronaldo says he was angered and saddened when the Barcelona star won four successive Ballon d'Or awards from 2009 onwards, but he insists his personal tally of accolades stands comparison with anybody.

"No one has won as many individual trophies as me. And I'm not speaking just of the Ballon d'Or. That says something, doesn't it? It's not just a result of the work I do in the gym, like some people think. It's the sum of many things," he added.

"I won the Ballon d'Or before Messi, then he overtook me and won four in a row. I'm not going to hide from you that I was sad and angry."

Real Madrid are 11/2 to complete a hat-trick of Champions League wins this season while they are 100/1 to retain their La Liga having slipped eight points behind leaders Barca.

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