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Arda Turan has said his former team-mate Lionel Messi is superior to Cristiano Ronado, hailing the Argentine's all-round game.
Messi has taken home six Ballons d'Or while Ronaldo has five, with Luka Modric in 2018 the only player to have won the award other than Messi or Ronaldo since 2008.
Turan got an up-close look at Messi during his three seasons at Barcelona, whom he joined in 2015 after four seasons with Atletico Madrid.
During his time in Catalonia, Turan teamed up with Messi to win La Liga once and the Copa del Rey twice. Having had the chance to play alongside the Argentine superstar, Turan has voiced his opinion that Messi's all-around game make him a better player than Ronaldo.
"Messi is present in every moment of football. He can dictate the game in every aspect," Turan toldbeIN Sports Turkey.
"There's nothing bad to say about Ronaldo but he's a goalscorer, albeit a very special one. Messi does everything in this game. He does things you can't even imagine to do. His intelligence, his vision, his passing are all much different. And every person I have talked to about this agrees with me.
"Except thepeople who are close to Ronaldo, his team-mates, who say it's Ronaldo as they answer politically. Ronaldo is my friend and it's not my place to questionhis quality. But I think Messi is better."
Turan recently returned to his childhood club Galatasaray after a spell withIstanbul Basaksehir. The 33-year-old admitted it was emotional for him to come back to a club he initially departed in 2011.
"Emotions are very deep," Turan said."Now is not the time to comment and talk too much.It's time for me to get on the field and fight.I would like to thank Mr. Mustafa Cengiz and members of the board of directors.