Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest footballer of all time [GOAT] and not his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi after the 30-year-old lost the FIFA world player of the year award to the 28-year-old Argentine.

Barcelona superstar Messi won the award for a record fifth time last week winning with 41.33% of the vote, seeing off Ronaldo and teammate Neymar in the process and was hailed globally as the best ever by a host of football viewers including past icons.

However, Zidane, who won the gong in 1998 after winning the World Cup with France, believes Ronaldo deserves the global individual football accolade by merit.

Messi won five trophies with Barcelona last season including the Champions League and La Liga. He scored 52 goals and provided 26 assists in 61 games for the Blaugrana even though Ronaldo had more goals and assists but Madrid went trophyless.

“Ronaldo is still the best in the world for me,” Zidane told FourFourTwo Magazine.

“Ronaldo is doing just fine. He has my full support. I am very satisfied with him.

“He is a decisive player. There is always a lot of talk about.”

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