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Former Brazilian star, Edilson says Lionel Messi has to win the World Cup to demonstrate he is better than him.
The 49-year-old was a participant of the Brazilian side that won the Japan/Korea World Cup title in 2002
He also professed that during his time, he was better than Messi and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Similarly, Edilson said fellow coountryman Neymar has to win the competition to be better than him as well, denying that he was more talented than the threesome.
Messi and Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 Ballon d’Or and have a number of individual tag and well known prizes to their names.
But Edilson, who played for Palmeiras and Corinthians in his home country and was never a nominate or won the Ballon d’Or, emphasized that his World Cup medal gave him a step over them.
“At my best, I played better than Neymar,” he was quoted as telling TV Bandeirantes.
He added, “He (Neymar) needs to win the World Cup in order to be better than me. I have personality, and for Messi to be better than me, he also has to win the World Cup.”
For Ronaldo, Edilson blmake that the Portuguese is talented with both feet and has strength but still does not match his talent.
Messi in 2014 played the final World Cup with Argentina where his side lost meticulously to Germany one to nil in Brazil.
Ronaldo and Neymar have also made it to the semi-final of the competition with their respective nations.