Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo said he believed he was a better player than FC Barcelona's Leo Messi in an interview published in Spanish sports paper, Marca on Sunday.
Ronaldo was giving one of his first interviews since vetoing the press after his controversial 30th birthday party in February, which came following a 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid, Xinhua news agency reported.
"If you look at my last eight years, I have been on top. Name any other players who have done that," he said. "If you are number one or not, is a question of details, if you win titles or not, but although some people may think Messi to be the best, I think that I am." Ronaldo said boos from rival supporters don't upset him, but have the opposite effect.