Cristiano Ronaldo on Lionel Messi: 'I'm the best' - is he?

Real Madrid superstar and Barcelona maestro are both up for the best player in Europe award, but the Portuguese believes he is superior.

This evening, the 2013-14 UEFA Best Player in Europe award will be given to it's winner - with Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi the two likeliest recipients.

Ballon d'Or winning Ronaldo may not have had the best outing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup but Lionel Messi was hardly deserving of the Golden Ball prize and, regardless, it is hard to look past Ronaldo's exploits at club level. In 30 La Liga outings, he scored 31 goals, nine assists and created 48 goal-scoring chances for his Real Madrid team-mates.

He also, notably broke a Champions League record by scoring an extraordinary 17 times in 11 appearances in Europe last year.

Ronaldo's long-time rival, Lionel Messi, scored eight goals from seven Champoins League games, and 28 times from 31 La Liga outings.

Such a rivalry has been dismissed by Ronaldo, though, who says it is a press fabrication: "The rivalry is formed by the press,” he said, as quoted by Portuguese media TVI. “I have no rivalry with Messi. We face each other professionally and have a normal relationship."

"[Neither of us] is better or worse. Everyone does their job and tries to give the best for their team or country. Both of us want to be the best. I believe that in my profession I am the best and I work hard for that.

"In my head I always think I’m better," he concluded.

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