Totti hails Messi as 'Number 1'


December 29, 2017
Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Roma legend Francesco Totti believes Lionel Messi is the best player in the world despite being caught by Cristiano Ronaldo on five Ballons d'Or apiece.

"There are players like Ronaldo and Neymar, but Neymar is an example of this big price, it is too much to pay EU250m for a player. This goes beyond reality.

"But Messi is number one, just don't tell Cristiano!" said Totti.

Real Madrid's title charges to the Champions League and LaLiga crowns last season helped Ronaldo to the sport's top individual honour.

Totti, also commented on recent transfer moves, noting that he prefers the tone of the game in previous years.

"I really preferred the football of a long time ago. Today it is just crazy," he noted, while speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference.

"Football has deeply changed between my time and now. I prefer the romantic football of before, now it is all about business.

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