Cantona: Ronaldo, Messi aren't the best players in the world

The former footballer on Tuesday said he didn't think the pair had proven to be the best in the world.

FILE: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo prepares to take a free kick during his team's Euro 2016 qualifying game against Armenia on 14 November 2014. Picture: Official Euro 2016 Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Former footballer Eric Cantona on Tuesday said he didn't think Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi were the best players in the world.

This following news that Ronaldo is up for Sportsman of the Year award at the Laureus World Sports Awards following a few stellar season on the football pitch.

Cantona went with the surprising choice of PSG's attacking midfielder Javier Pastore who is likely to play against Barcelona in their Champions League clash in Paris on Wednesday.

The Frenchman said Pastore had some good qualities.

"I watched two games just to see Pastore play, giving passes, he's got something special."

Meanwhile, former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capellio said it was too hard to separate Messi and Ronaldo as to who was the best player in the world.

Capello said Ronaldo has different skills to Messi.

"It's different players, really fantastic players. One (Ronaldo) is faster, stronger and heads really well. In front of goal the movement is always really good and (he) scored a lot of goals."

The Italian adds Messi is the type of player that could create something from nothing.

"Messi is the imagination; he can do something that the other people don't think (of). This is the big difference between two fantastic players."