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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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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +83 91
2 38 +76 90
3 38 +45 88
4 38 +9 64
5 38 +13 62
6 38 -8 60
7 38 +1 52
8 38 +3 48
9 38 -3 48
10 38 -18 45
11 38 -8 44
12 38 -2 44
13 38 -34 43
14 38 -12 43
15 38 -16 42
16 38 -23 39
17 38 -22 39
18 38 -21 38
19 38 -30 36
20 38 -33 32

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