'Messi or Ronaldo? I'm the best!' – Figo

The former Portugal star took a light-hearted view of the debate over the world’s top talent as he believes it is too difficult to choose between them

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona winger Luis Figo has described himself as the best player in the world – so as not to have to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo has been in scintillating form so far this season, scoring 19 times in 11 matches, while Barca star Messi has notched seven goals and seven assists for Luis Enrique’s side.

The nominations for the 2014 Ballon d’Or are to be announced on October 28, with current holder Ronaldo and four-time winner Messi both expected to be named as the debate over who is the world’s best player rages on.

When asked who he believed to be the finest, however, Figo jokingly opted for a more neutral standing.

“The best in the world is me. That way I don’t compromise,” he is quoted as saying by A Bola.

“You cannot choose between the two best players in the world,”he continued. “It’s very difficult, because if you choose one over the other then it suggests the other is not good, which isn’t true.

“That’s why I prefer not to chose, because they’re both very good.”

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