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Nov 13, 2012

Zaha: Only Ronaldo, Messi better than me

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha appears unlikely to shy away from the challenge of international football given after claiming that "unless I'm looking at Ronaldo or Messi, I'd never look at someone else and think he's better than me."

Zaha, 20, is one of the hottest properties in England and is learning his trade in the Championship with Palace. A string of dazzling efforts for the Eagles have earned him an England call-up for the friendly with Sweden and he looks set to make his international debut in Wednesday's match.

There is still a chance he could still commit to Ivory Coast, he describes the chances of doing so as "50/50" at the moment, but on his own career it would appear as if Zaha feels he has the world at his feet.

"Unless I'm looking at Ronaldo or Messi, I'd never look at someone else and think he's better than me," Zaha told the Daily Mail.

Arsenal and Real Madrid are being linked with a January bid for Zaha and the forward is already thinking about life in the Premier League.

"I think about the Premier League all the time, wondering when I'm going to come up against better defenders," he said. "I don't think I've come up against a defender when I've thought 'What can I do to get past this guy?'

"If it was Ashley Cole I would be working it all out before the game, knowing he would stick tight to me. I'd drift inside and then run at him. Maybe he'll be able to deal with it, but that's when I can test him, isn't it? That's my time."

Palace have slapped a £20 million price tag on Zaha's head but it is not something that will weigh him down.

He said: "I see people criticising, when they are thinking like, '£20 million? My a**e', but I never put a price tag on my head.

"I remember when people were saying Palace should sell me for £1 million because I wouldn't do anything in the game - that was hard. The Premier League is where I want to go but I'm not saying I want to leave Palace right now."

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