Things easier for Messi, CR7 - Ronaldo
Brazilian legend Ronaldo has poured cold water on Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) and Lionel Messi's domination of world football - pointing to a lack or competition for the star pair.
CR7 and Messi have undoubtedly been the sport's biggest stars over the past decade and have shared 10 Ballon d'Ors between them.
Ronaldo, despite being a big fan of both superstars, says it was tougher for him to gain global recognition during his playing career than it is nowadays.
"In my generation, the competition was much bigger than it is now, without wanting to belittle Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo," said the three-time World Footballer of the Year and two-time World Cup winner.
"They will fight for the title of the best player in the world in the coming years, but in my time we had [Zinedine] Zidane, Rivaldo, [Luis] Figo, me, and then Ronaldinho.
"That was a generation in which being the best was much more difficult."
Among those being tipped to break Ronaldo and Messi's stranglehold on the biggest individual prizes is Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.