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The Brazilian was asked to select between the two best players of the current era.

Kaka branded Lionel Messi a “genius” as he chose the Barcelona celebrity over Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo despite playing the Portuguese attacker at Real Madrid.

Messi, winner of a record six Ballons d’Or, and Ronaldo are considered as two of the greatest ever players, with disagreement frequently centred on who stands alone beneath the all time record.

Kaka played alongside Ronaldo in the Bernabeu involving 2009-13, but the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner picked Messi as his preferred option.

“I played Cristiano and he is really amazing, but I will go with Messi,” Kaka said when asked who he’d pick from Messi or Ronaldo through an Instagram Live Q&A for FIFA’s station.

“He is a genius, a pure gift. The way he plays is outstanding.”

It’s not only the way he is strong, strong and fast; he is strong mentally.

To be the very best. For me, that is the most incredible thing that he has.

We’re extremely lucky to have managed to find both of them.”

Messi was in the headlines recently after he and his Barcelona team-mates consented to have 70 percent of the salaries slashed to help protect the jobs of the club’s staff with coronavirus quitting football globally for an indefinite period.

He also claimed figures inside the team were placing pressures on the players to behave, however, there was a strategy within the first-team squad to produce a gesture in solidarity with their fellow workers.

“we would like to explain that our will has always been to take a cut in the wages we get because we completely understand that this is an exceptional circumstance and we’re always the first ones to assist the club when requested.

“Therefore, it doesn’t surprise us that from inside the club there were people who tried to put us under pressure to do something we always knew we’d do.

“The agreement was delayed for a couple of days because we were searching for a formula to help the team and its employees during these tough times.

“Aside from the reduction of 70 percent of our salary, we’ll also make contributions so that team workers can collect 100 percent of their wages while this situation continues.

“We don’t need to say goodbye without sending an affectionate greeting and plenty of strength to those having trouble in these very difficult times, and to those who patiently await the conclusion of the crisis in their houses.

“Very soon we’re going to escape this and we shall all do it together.”