Cristiano Ronaldo believes Barcelona play better soccer than his Real Madrid side and has tipped Lionel Messi to win the 2009 Ballon d'Or.
The Portugal winger, who joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in the close season, won the Ballon d'Or last year and was included in the 30-strong shortlist for the award released on Sunday.
“Barcelona play better football (than Real), but why?” the 24-year-old said on Tuesday.
“Because they have been together for several seasons, not two months. Barca are better than us today but the real question is who will be in front at the end of the season?”
The winner of the Ballon d'Or will be announced on December 1 and Ronaldo said that while Xavi and Samuel Eto'o were strong contenders, Argentina's Messi was likely to be the recipient.
“He's the favourite. He won the Champions League, the (Spanish) league. Why not him? If he wins it, he will have deserved it.”
Arguably the world's finest player when on song, Ronaldo has been hampered by injury at Real and is struggling to recapture the form he showed at Manchester United.
He said, however, that he was hungry for more titles and felt he had picked the right club to do that.
“I must do again all I managed to do at Manchester, win the Champions League, league and cup titles,” he said.
Fulham beat Hull City
Fulham moved up to 12th in the English Premier League on Monday after they beat struggling Hull City 2-0 at Craven Cottage.
Goals from Bobby Zamora and Diomansy Kamara gave Roy Hodgson's side all three points and moved them three points clear of Hull, who remain third-from-bottom.
Damien Duff's 25-yard shot was only parried by Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal and the ball bounced up for Zamora to head the ball in from a narrow angle.
The goal had a suspicion of offside about it and the second, on 64 minutes, was even more doubtful as Zamora fed Kamara for his first goal of the season though the striker may just have been offside.