For the first time since the start of this epic two-hander it is now possible to talk about how good Ronaldo is without having to mention Messi at all. Both players have evolved in recent years. Messi is in a process of retreat from his most explosive period, the acceleration dimmed a little, the relentless, rubbery quality of his youth run its course. He plays deeper now, a brilliantly high-grade No10; still great, just perhaps not quite as great. Whereas Ronaldo remains a phenomenon, speed, torque, flex, snap all still gleamingly intact. And for now at least, that battle is over. This Ronaldo is better than this Messi. And for the first time Ronaldo is unarguably the best in the world.