The Real Madrid and Spain defender considers a domestic rival at Barcelona Lionel Messi a better player than Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

The Spain captain was responding to the 57-year-old who, earlier in the week, said the Real Madrid defender was not as good as his Atletico Madrid rival Diego Godin.

Ramos, 32, was speaking after Spain’s 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup on Wednesday and made it clear his Barcelona rival was far superior to Maradona.

“In Argentina they know that Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history which, for me, is Lionel Messi,” he said.

Spain’s win moved them joint-top with Portugal with one game left to play. They now face Morocco  at the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 25.