FC Barcelona and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he has a lot of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, but insists Lionel Messi is the world’s best player.
Henry, who recently hung up his boots, spoke to FIFA about the 2014 World Cup and also shared his view on the long-standing debate of who is the world’s best player.
"I played alongside Leo, so there’s my answer," he told Fifa.com.
"I have an enormous amount of respect for Cristiano, as someone who maintains such a high level for several years.
"It’s one thing to have a good season, and then have another four years later but to keep up with that level for consecutive years is something else.
"People realise it, of course, but I feel like we still don’t grasp the real measure of what these two are doing. In the future, people will look back in awe at the continuity, the goals and the pressure that comes along with doing this for so long.
"So I'm full of respect for Ronaldo, but I played with Leo and had extraordinary moments with him, we lost and won together, so that is all I have to say on Leo."
Henry played three seasons alongside Messi at Camp Nou, winning seven trophies including the Champions League.
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