Ronaldo Nazario feels the game was more competitive during his playing days.
Ronaldo now watches on from a distance as the world ambassador of Real Madrid.
"In my generation, the competition was much bigger than it is now, without wanting to belittle Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo," he said in an interview with Sport Bild.
"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."