Alexis Sanchez has made himself look a fool with these comments

Sanchez is a very, very good player, bordering on world-class. The Chilean has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, scoring 30 goals in 68 games. Given his impressive time in north London, the Arsenal man now believes he’s in the same bracket as ‘freaks of nature’, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“I have reached a level where I can compete with great players. I do not feel inferior to anybody.

“I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them.”

Alexis Sanchez

We’re as much a fan of Alexis as the next person, but I’m sorry matey, you’re nowhere near the quality of either the Real Madrid or Barcelona icons.

You’ve proven to be able to win international tournaments with Chile on the global stage, but when has the Chilean really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck? Yes, the no. 7 is capable of a goal out of nothing, but if Arsenal are down in the dumps, when do you ever see Sanchez be the one to galvanise the side and continually net the important goals.

Just look at Sanchez goals last outing, compared to the Portuguese and Argentine captains…

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Ok, Sanchez played a few less games, and the Premier League is without question a harder league to find the net. But the difference in goals-to-game ratio is still nowhere near even comparable.

This is supported by how much contribution Sanchez made towards his teammates in assists… and we all know CR7 is hardly the first one to get the rounds in?. It should therefore be something Sanchez holds over the Real Madrid man, yet, Ronaldo nearly had three times the amount of contribution.

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Sanchez is also one of Arsenal’s main free-kick takers, and he still fails to rival Ronaldo or Messi’s danger from set-pieces. Again, suggesting the Chilean is some way off adding that extra bit of value Messi and Ronaldo offer.

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As well as not replicating the two La Liga stars stats, the Chilean can often go absent in games – such as going on a baron run last season, and in the process contributing to Arsenal’s faltering bid for the Premier League title. When does a missing poster ever get issued for Ronaldo or Messi?

As mentioned, Alexis is a fan favourite in north London, and would make most people’s Premier League XI – but the 27-year-old is at the peak of his career, and has got nowhere near the levels reached by the two greatest players to ever grace the beautiful game.