Muller: Ronaldo & Messi above me

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller says he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar will be crowned the winner of the Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Monday night.

Muller has been previously tipped as a contender to be named the world’s best player but he says he would be surprised to ever claim the prize.

“I can imagine many things, but I would never see myself as a favourite one year,” he said.

“You can’t compare my game with Messi’s, Neymar’s or Cristiano Ronaldo’s. And apart from the last six months I have not reached their high figures.

“Ronaldo and Messi, in particular, are above everybody else. Barcelona won the treble, too, so it is justified they have two players in the shortlist.”

The Germany international penned a new deal in December which ties him to the Bundesliga champions until 2021, a move which brought an end to speculation over his future.

Muller had been linked with a big money move to Manchester United, but he outlined the exact reasons why he opted to remain at the Allianz Arena.

He said: “The renewal was a statement by me and the club that we feel comfortable with each other and have huge ambitions.

“It is also a small sign that Bayern is not a club you simply leave.

One man who will leave Bayern Munich, however, is manager Pep Guardiola, who announced last week that he will depart when his contract expires in June.

The former Barcelona boss has spoken of his desire to coach in the Premier League, but Muller says there are few better places to work than the Allianz Arena.

“The environment [at Bayern], the infrastructure, the history and the culture in recent years are incentives that not every club, or every city, has to offer.

“Of course England offers a lot at the moment, but Bayern does not have to hide.”

Muller has scored 25 goals for club and country this season but is not resting on his laurels.

“Of course I am not satisfied with my own performances and goals, I make no secret of that,” he said.

“We want to play a good second half of the season and challenge for titles. Then we will see what’s left.

“I want to help the team. I try to be a player who is there for the team, even off the pitch. You always have to find the right mix of being serious and relaxed. And you have to be there when it counts.”

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