The two players are frequently compared but one man who has played against both says the argument is a futile one
Valencia centre-back Shkrodan Mustafi has likened the debate over the respective powers of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to comparing a Ferrari and Lamborghini.
The Germany international has come up against both players since joining the club from Sampdoria in the summer and says there is minimal difference between the pair.
“It’s like comparing a Ferrari and a Lamborghini,” he told Kicker. “Cristiano dismantles you if you give him just a little bit of space, and Messi creates a chance with even less space.
“The Clasico on Sunday is neck-and-neck – form doesn’t matter and there’s no favourite.”
Mustafi, 22, also revealed his delight with his first season in Spain, with the €8 million man now targeting an international recall after being part of Joachim Low’s World Cup-winning squad last summer.
“My transfer from Sampdoria to Valencia was well-planned out,” the 22-year-old added. “I came to Spain with conviction.
“I’m trying to perform at my best when possible and if I get an invitation to the Germany national team then that would be a great bonus.”
Mustafi has helped Valencia overtake La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the table as they sit third in Spain’s top flight behind Real Madrid and Barcelona with 11 games remaining.