HATCHET MAN: Forget Ronaldo's rocket for United, Chelsea star Lampard is right to hail Messi as the
16 April 2009 09:01
Frank Lampard may have been speaking before Cristiano Ronaldo's thunderbolt against Porto, but it wouldn't have made any difference.
'Lionel Messi is the best player in the world by some distance at the moment,' he said, as his popularity in Manchester took another dive.
The Chelsea midfielder made his statement in reference to his team facing Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals but the more general point stands.
Ronaldo will be a hero again after his superb goal and the strike certainly deserves to be applauded, but to be the No 1 in the world he needs to start producing his magic on a regular basis again.