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Messi ´a notch below´ Ronaldo, says Ramos

16 November 2013 14:02

Sergio Ramos believes Lionel Messi is "a notch below" Ream Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the FIFA Ballon d'Or announcement.

Messi is the only player to win the prize, which recognises the best player in the world over a calendar year, since it became an official FIFA award back in 2010.

Ronaldo has finished second in two of those votes but, while Messi's 2013-14 campaign has been marred by injury, the Portugal international has been in superb form.

The 28-year-old attacker has scored 24 goals in all competitions for Real so far this term, and Ramos feels the former Manchester United man is now a level above his Argentine counterpart.

He told Movistar: "In previous years maybe not, but this year it is being demonstrated that, although he has always been seen as the best in the world, Messi is now a notch below Ronaldo.

"The Ballon d'Or has to be given to the best player of the moment."

The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or will be narrowed down to the three in December, with the winner announced on January 13 2014.

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1 36 +75 85
2 36 +44 85
3 36 +73 84
4 35 +11 61
5 35 -6 57
6 35 +10 55
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8 35 +2 44
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