A former teammate of Lionel Messi's has claimed his longstanding rival Cristiano Ronaldo is a better leader than the Argentine, and labelled the latter's performance against AS Roma as "impotent".
Aleksandr Hleb, who played alongside Messi during his stint at the Camp Nou, has insisted the Blaugrana superstar did not show enough over the Blaugrana's two matches against the Serie A side.
Barcelona were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Roma after losing the second leg 3-0, with the Italians progressing 4-4 on aggregate, courtesy of the away goal rule.
Hleb has now insisted Ronaldo, who scored three goals in Real Madrid's 4-3 aggregate win over Juventus in their quarter-final tie, has shown he is a better leader than Messi.
"(Cristiano) Ronaldo is a better leader of his team than (Lionel) Messi, with all respect for Leo," the Belarusian told Sport.
"Of course, Messi is the best in the world, the leader of Barcelona.
"He has the mission to help the team in difficult times and he wasn't the origin of even one goal. He was impotent."
Hleb, himself, did not live up to expectations at the Camp Nou, making only 36 appearances without scoring a goal after joining the Catalan giants for €17 million from Arsenal in 2008.
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