Portuguese legend Paulo Futre says Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao is among the top three players in the game.

Futre insists Falcao deserves recognition alongside Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"Falcao is enjoying an excellent moment, and along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, he is at the summit of world football," Futre told Antenna1.

"He is a different player [to Cristiano and Messi], he is more of a classic striker. He won the Europa League and the European Super Cup by scoring five goals in the two finals. He's incredible."