After Barca's Champions League victory at Sporting Lisbon, Messi was asked if he believed Ronaldo was the best player in the world: "I think the Ballon d'Or is an important competition.
"He won the Champions League, the Premier League as well, he won them, so I think he will be awarded the prize."
Asked about Ronaldo's claims that he is the "first, second and third best player in the world", Messi responded: "Each one is how he is. I am a footballer and that is all I care about. As they say in Barcelona, the important thing is to have the respect and support of my teammates. I am happy with that."