Ronaldo claimed his fifth Golden Ball on Thursday, to level with Messi on the number of awards won.
And even though Rakitic respects the Madrid star, he stands with his teammate, who he believes is the best.
“You already know my opinion and I have a lot of respect for Cristiano, who is one of the best in history,” the Croatia international said, via Mundo Deportivo, after a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday.
“But he has played with the best player in history, which is Leo Messi. There is only one number one, Messi.
“Those who come behind are unlucky enough to have coincided with him.”
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