Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez says he has reached a level where he can compete with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sanchez joined Arsenal in 2014 from Barcelona, where he played alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi in attack, and has since scored 30 goals in 68 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.
Ronaldo, who has won two Champions League titles in the last three years with Real Madrid, captained Portugal to Euro 2016 success this summer and scored 54 goals in all competitions last season. However, Sanchez believes he has now got to a point where there is no one superior to him in football.
“I have reached a level where I can compete with great players,” Sanchez told Sport. “I do not feel inferior to anybody. I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them.”
Arsenal have won just one of their opening three Premier League fixtures this season, with Sanchez opening his account for the campaign in the 3-1 victory at Watford last time out.
Manager Arsene Wenger recently insisted he is not worried despite Sanchez not yet signing a new deal at the Emirates. The Chile international has less than two years remaining on his current contract.
Arsenal will host Southampton as they return to Premier League action this weekend following the international break, with Transfer Deadline Day signings Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez having bolstered Wenger’s squad for the campaign.