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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 +89 94
2 38 +80 92
3 38 +38 78
4 38 +38 77
5 38 +26 76
6 38 +11 60
7 38 +1 55
8 38 +3 51
9 38 -6 50
10 38 -4 49
11 38 -22 49
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13 38 -27 41
14 38 -33 37
15 38 -31 37
16 38 -25 35
17 38 -35 35
18 38 -21 35
19 38 -29 32
20 38 -46 20

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