Lionel Messi is the current Ballon d’Or holder (Picture: Getty)

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid superstar Kaka insists he is a huge admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo but believes Lionel Messi remains the superior player.

The Brazilian legend played alongside Ronaldo in a star-studded Real side for four years between 2009 and 2013, when the Spanish giants largely played second fiddle to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team.

Messi has spent the entirety of his trophy-laden career with Barcelona and currently holds the prestigious Ballon d’Or title.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has proved his worth in three major European leagues having won domestic titles in Spain, England and most recently Italy with Juventus who he joined after the 2018 World Cup.

The 35-year-old also boasts more international titles than his long-term rival having played a key part in Portugal’s Euro 2016 success, but Kaka still rates the prolific Argentine more.

Kaka played with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid for four years (Picture: Getty)

‘I played with Cristiano and he’s really amazing, but I’ll go with Messi,’ the 37-yearold said during a live Instagram Q&A.

‘He’s a genius, a pure talent. The way he plays is incredible.

‘Cristiano is a machine. It’s not just the way he’s strong, powerful and fast; he’s strong mentally.

‘He always wants to win and play. To be the best. For me, that’s the most incredible thing he has.

‘In the history of sport, they [Messi and Cristiano] are definitely in the top five. We are very lucky to have been able to see both of them.’

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