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Atletico Madrid winger Simao rates Messi ahead of Portugal pal Ronaldo

Simao Sabrosa rates Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of his Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid ace.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Simao believes Argentinian ace Messi has taken the ex-Manchester United man's crown as the world's best player.

And asked who he would pick on his side, Simao incredibly said: "I'd choose Messi.

"Messi is going through a fantastic phase - he has it all with Barcelona.

"He is scoring a lot, has no injuries, is strong, fast, a great dribbler and he is a player any football lover would pay to watch.

"Ronaldo was the best in 2008, 2009 and now in 2010 Messi is fantastic."

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