'Messi is No. 1, Ronaldo is up there'

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A former Chelsea and Nigeria star has weighed in on the greatest player in history debate, claiming that comparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is like comparisons between FIFA World Cup winners Diego Maradona and Pele.

Former Nigeria international Celestine Babayaro rose to prominence in 1994, after securing a move from Plateau United to Belgian side Anderlecht, and subsequently became the youngest player ever to feature in the UEFA Champions League, aged 16 years and 86 days.

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Babayaro, who spent eight years at Chelsea, was recently asked to name which player he thinks is the best in the world.

"Different eras, different times," he said, as per Nigeria Info FM.

"It is just like people still trying to compare Maradona, Pele, Messi.

"At the moment, Messi is still the No. 1. Ronaldo is still up there.

"It just depends on who you feel that is the best. But football, like I said, is different eras."

Babayaro, who was controversially sent home from the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations along with Super Eagles teammates Yakubu Ayegbeni and Victor Agali for ill-discipline, spent 11 years in the Premier League, running out for the Blues as well as Newcastle United.