In a recent interview with Bola da Vez, Barcelonaa s Dani Alves hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo claiming that the Real Madrid superstar did not care for his team and that he was inferior to Lionel Messi in terms of having a an influence on the gamea . Dani Alves commented that Ronaldo only influences the game in terms of scoring goals and hence celebrates winning the Pichichi (highest goal-scorer) award while Barcelona celebrate winning titles.

Having recently won the treble with Barcelona, Dani Alves reignited the Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi debate by claiming that the a gifteda Argentine has the ability to influence games beyond his goal-scoring abilities.

a Messi is much better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi has an influence on the play and Cristiano doesna t. See if he has an influence on the play beyond scoring goals and appearing in certain moves. Messi is influential, he plays and assists. Messi has a divine gift. Cristiano is work. We have our battles, but I admire him. He is a guy with great dedication and hea s competitive.a

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Dani Alves also singled out Cristiano Ronaldo for criticism by claiming that the Portuguese international is selfish and that he does not care for his teama s success as long as he wins the Pichichi award.

a He has things that I do not admire because I play for the team. I think that my team is more important than me. I think he cares little for what really matters, which is the collective side of the game. So much so that some criticised us during the celebration of titles while he celebrated the Pichichi.a

epa01949215 Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) talks with FC Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) during their Spanish Primera Division soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 29 November 2009. Barca won 1-0.  EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ

Though Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon Da Or for two successive years, it seems that a revitalized Lionel Messi has reclaimed his position at the top after winning the treble with Barcelona while leading Argentina to the 2015 Copa America finals. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a drop in his form at the turn of the year. Real Madrid failed to capitalize on its historic 22 game winning streak which eventually led to a trophy-less season at Santiago Bernabeu and a new manager at the helm of things.