LEO MESSI did not pick Cristiano Ronaldo to his top five-a-side team, featuring Chelsea ace Eden Hazard and French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe.
But the Barcelona star, 31, thinks him and the Juve ace are still world’s best players.
Messi’s goals have just been voted by the Catalans’ fans as three greatest strikes in the club’s history.
But the Argentine has now had his say over who currently is on top of the game.
Stunningly, Messi’s top five-a-side team features neither him nor his former Real Madrid nemesis Ronaldo – despite his Champions League heroics against Atletico Madrid this season.
But he picked his ex-team-mate Neymar and current Barca striker Luis Suarez, while his countryman Sergio Aguero also made the cut.
The Argentine also appreciated the efforts of Hazard and Mbappe – with the former arguably being the only shining light at Chelsea this season and the latter scoring 31 goals in 35 games for Paris Saint-Germain in the current campaign.
However, the Barcelona maestro believes him and Ronaldo have not been dethroned as world’s best players just yet.
Messi also said he enjoyed competing with Ronaldo in La Liga, although less so when the Portuguese star was winning medals at his expense.
He told Marca: “It was nice to have Cristiano Ronaldo in LaLiga because of the prestige he gave him, although it was hard to see him raise titles.”
“[But] excluding him and me, the best players in the world are Mbappé, Neyrmar, Hazard, Suárez and Kun.”
Messi is having an impressive season, scoring 39 goals and adding 21 assists in 37 games.
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He has also fired Barcelona up to the Champions League quarter-finals with a dazzling performance at Camp Nou against Lyon, before making an early bid for the goal of the season award against Betis.
And the midfielder has already made his return to the national team following his self-imposed exile after Argentina were dumped out of last year’s World Cup by France.
However, it was ruined by Venezuela who beat Albiceleste 3-1 during the international break.