The Manchester City forward was asked if he feels he is on a par with Messi, after a superb season so far for the runaway Premier League leaders.
Speaking to German newspaper Welt, Sane said: ‘No, I’m still far from being on their level. In the whole world, only a few players are.
‘Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Hazard are on a level no one else can currently compete with. The achievements of Ozil and Cavani are incredible, too.
‘I’m not that far yet. To be able to play with freedom, I mainly need fun. I don’t think and I don’t set specific goals for a game. I just let things happen. If I clear my mind, everything else just happens.’
Interestingly, no Man City player made Sane’s list, despite the incredible form this season of the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
Sane also revealed a single phone call from City manager Pep Guardiola was all it took him to turn down a move to Bayern Munich and move to England from Schalke instead.
He said: ‘When Pep called me and told me that he wants me on his team, I instantly knew. I had followed his time at Barcelona and at Bayern, and I played with Schalke against him. I recognised that he makes every player better.
‘I also talked to Joshua Kimmich about Guardiola during this time. He told me: “Leroy, if Guardiola calls you and tells you that he wants you on his team, do it”.’