According to Brazil football Ronaldo Nazario, Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is currently above all.

When asked about the footballers he likes to see on television or in the stands of a stadium, Ronaldo revealed his preferred choice is the Argentine forward Messi.

“Messi, of course. He is number one, he is a talent that will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar,” Ronaldo said as quoted by the Spanish news website AS.

“I also like Salah, Hazard, Neymar, I love watching him play, and of course Mbappe,” he added.

Messi has broken numerous goal-scoring records and has set new ones since breaking on to the scene with Barcelona. He has so far won 10 La Liga titles, six Copa Del Rey trophies and four Champions League crowns with the Spanish giants.

The 32-year-old was at his usual best for Barca this season before the coronavirus crisis brought a halt to La Liga.

The Argentine forward has been named as the best player in the world six times as he has six Ballon d’Or trophies in his kitty. Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo comes a close second with five.

On the international arena though, Messi hasn’t been able to replicate his club form as a major trophy still evades the South American heavyweights.

Messi was part of the team that won the gold medal at 2008 Olympics but since then, he has been into World Cup and Copa America finals, failing to win even one such big tournament.

(With stats and inputs from IANS)