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After bagging yet another Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo hailed himself as the 'best player in history'.
Needless to say, it's got everybody talking including the never-shy Joey Barton who's Tweeted his response.
The Real Madrid star was named the 2017 Ballon d'Or winner following his heroics last season. He not only guided his side to the La Liga title but also the Champions League, successfully defending the European trophy in the process.
He's now level with Lionel Messi on five individual awards.
Another dream come true. Unbelievable feeling. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that stood by my side throughout the years.:ok_hand::top: pic.twitter.com/A9jyYswePD- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 7, 2017
But he believes he's the best player in history.
"I don't see anyone better than me. No player does things that I cannot do myself, but I see things others can't do. There's no more complete player than me. I'm the best player in history - in the good and the bad moments," Ronaldo told French Football.
Cristiano Ronaldo to @francefootball: "I don't see anyone better than me. No player does things that I cannot do myself, but I see things others can't do. There's no more complete player than me. I'm the best player in history - in the good and the bad moments" :flushed: pic.twitter.com/z8ZOpSpx7k- Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) December 8, 2017
Barton acknowledges Ronaldo's achievements but he doesn't think the Portuguese international is better than Messi, let alone the best in history.
I agree. He has done incredible things but is he the best player ever in the history of the game?- Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 8, 2017
I don't think he's even the best in his era.
For me Lionel Messi is still ahead. https://t.co/2yM2NNx3wj
Naturally, it got social media talking with plenty of people siding with Barton:
Messi > by a long way!- #wilshire :goat: (@itsaregary) December 8, 2017
Messi by a Mile- sorin ionut Lates (@lsorin81) December 8, 2017
Messi is a better player than ronaldo. Fact.- GOH (@gary_oh15) December 8, 2017
'Complete' players don't sulk when their teammates score instead of them. Messi is the ultimate team player, best of all time.- James Somers (@JSomers90) December 8, 2017
MESSI ALL DAY- Josh (@Joshteaney5) December 8, 2017
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