Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has dismissed Cristiano Ronaldo's assertion he should be named World Player of the Year.
Ronaldo boldly claimed a fortnight ago that he should get the gong for his endeavour last term, which saw him help Real Madrid wrestle the La Liga crown from Barcelona with 46 goals and 12 assists.
A slow start to the Euros made those claims look slightly ambitious but he again underlined his undeniable ability with a match-winning performance for Portugal to overcome Holland 2-1.
Messi has won the award for the last three years and Rosell sees no reason why he should not make it four.
"Cristiano Ronaldo isn't the second best player in the world, he is the 12th. The first 11 are Barca players," he said.
"Outside of Spain everyone is clear that Messi ought to win the Balon d'Or but not here."
Rosell then turned his ire to Real's manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho was involved in a touchline altercation last year with the then Barca assistant manager Tito Vilanova, and poked him in the eye.
Spanish FA president Jose Maria Villar has now waived the suspensions that both men were hit with in the aftermath of the incident, leaving them free to take charge of their sides for the Spanish Super Cup at the start of the season.
"I would not accept a manager who wants to win at any cost," he added.
"I would ask for forgiveness if the manager of this club put their finger in anyone's eye."