Messi still the best for Martino
MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has insisted that in his opinion Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world despite Cristiano Ronaldo being awarded the Ballon d'Or on Monday.
Messi missed a large chunk of 2013 due to muscle injuries, but still only missed out on football's highest individual accolade by little more than two percent in the voting to the Portuguese.
And whilst Martino congratulated Ronaldo on winning the prize for a second time, he backed Messi to bounce back in 2014.
"We have to congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo and all of those who won a prize," he said ahead of Barca's Copa del Rey last 16, second-leg tie against Getafe on Thursday.