The debate as to who is the world's best footballer divides opinion, but Cristiano Ronaldo has no doubts that he is a cut above the rest.
The Real Madrid ace, who recently became the club's all-time leading goal scorer, has been a consistent, deadly force since rising to the forefront of the game while at Manchester United where he spent six seasons before joining Real in 2009.
The three-time world footballer of the year is often compared to Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, with the pair undoubtedly two of the most talented players to grace the game. However, Ronaldo is resolute in his belief that he is better than Messi.
"In my mind, I'm always the best. I don't care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I'm always the best," he told the BBC.
The 30-year-old added: "It's opinions, I respect the opinions. Maybe in your opinion Messi is better than me, but in my mind I am better than him. So it's simple."
The fierce Ronaldo-Messi rivalry has been well documented, but peaking in his upcoming film Ronaldo, the forward admitted that his opinion of Messi has changed in recent years.
“I’ve started seeing him as a person, not a rival,” he says in the film. “But we are always busting our balls to see who is better.”
Ronaldo has banged in 504 goals in 760 appearances over the course of the career, and he believes that his stats speak for themselves.
"I don't need to say 'I'm in the history of football, I'm a legend'. The numbers say everything," he said.
The Portugal international, who said he would like to continue playing for another five or six seasons, feels that it is hard for him to improve his game any further as he has reached an "unbelievable" level.
"To improve more it's very tough. I just want to maintain because this is I think the most difficult part for a football player," he explained.