Cristiano Ronaldo is not a “Galactico” like Lionel Messi, says Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, with Barcelona’s talismanic captain “on a different level to anyone else”.
Two iconic figures have spent over a decade competing for a standing at the top of the global game.
They have shared 10 Ballons d’Or between them and broken countless records while raising the bar of individual excellence to heights never seen before.
For Gundogan, though, there is only one winner, with the mercurial talents of Messi considered to sit above a fellow superstar who is merely “world class”.
The Germany international told DAZN of the Argentine forward: “For me he has always been on a different level to anyone else.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is the world class player after Messi, but for me he is not on this Galactico level of Messi.
“I don’t think we’ll ever get a player like him again, so we should watch him and enjoy him while he’s still here. I’m a big fan.”