Brian Lara has described Sachin Tendulkar's cricket career as the greatest of all time.
Lara, considererd alongside Tendulkar as the greatest batsman of his generation, heaped praise on his outgoing contemporary in an exclusive interview with Lord's TV.
"He embarked aged 16 on what has now become the greatest cricketing career of all time," said the West Indies great.
"That is one thing I feel I can say with no argument from anyone else."
Tendulkar will retire from all cricket after playing his 200th Test next week at his home ground in Mumbai.
In a 25-year career he will have played 664 internationals for India, scoring more than 34,000 runs and becoming the first man to have chalked-up 100 centuries.
And Lara believes the 'Little Master's' success on the field, coupled with his position as a living idol in a cricket-mad country, equates to a career which will never be matched.
He continued: "He’s set the bar in terms of a cricketer in the 20th century.
"It’s hard to see anyone accumulating the amount of matches he’s played, the amount of runs he's scored and the impact he’s had on so many people right around the cricketing globe.
"That for me is his greatest legacy."
It has become commonplace for cricket fans around the world to debate who is the better player between Lara and Tendulkar - with Kumar Sangakkara revealing at the 2011 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture that Lara is Rahul Dravid's favourite batsman.
But Lara played down the inevitable analogies between the two greats.
"It’s not a comparison," said the 44-year-old, who like Tendulkar is an Honorary Life Member of MCC.
"The fact that I’m mentioned in the same breath as Sachin is something anyone would be proud of."