Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Radamel Falcao's form has him placed among the best players in the world.
The Colombia international is among the most feared frontmen in world football, with a prolific strike rate in South America, at Porto and now in the Spanish capital proving that he is adaptable and capable of terrorising defences across the globe.
Falcao has already netted 12 times this season, adding to the 36 he managed for Atletico in 2011/12, and is being touted as a possible contender for the illustrious Ballon D'or.
Simeone feels such talk is justified, with it his opinion that Falcao has earned the right to sit alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of football's roll of honour.
He said: "Absolutely. He was the leading scorer in the last two Europa Leagues, won them both, won the European Supercopa....he is among the three best players in the world.
"Ronaldo and Messi have shown what they can do but he has nothing to be jealous of anybody else for."
Falcao has scored in each of his last 10 games for club and country, netting 16 goals in total, but Simeone has suggested there is even more to come from the former River Plate striker in terms of effectiveness in front of net.
"I think that he's growing game by game with regards to deciding where best to be inside the area," he said.
"Every day he is more competitive and more potent in a place where there are less and less strikers of this type."