FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is harder to defend than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Former Germany international Arne Friedrich.
The superstar duo have been at the center of an on-going debate for the past decade, with a number former and current footballers giving their opinion.
Friedrich, who made over 80 appearances for Germany, feels Ronaldo was easier to mark due to the similarity in size.
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"I was able to play against both Messi and Ronaldo," the 41-year-old told Goal and SPOX.
"If I had to commit myself to one, it would be Messi. He has a different centre of gravity, Ronaldo is more my size.
"Both are at the same level, but Messi was harder to defend for me because he had a different style of play.
Messi and Ronaldo have been the front-runners for the Ballon d'Or since 2008, with former winning six compared to the latter's five titles.