Former Brazil Star: I Would Be Beating Messi & Ronaldo To The Ballon d’Or
Former Brazil Star: I Would Be Beating Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo To The Ballon d’Or
A former Brazil international believes he would have been challenging Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or if he was still playing.
FC Barcelona legend Rivaldo lifted the prestigious award back in 1999, which is the same year he won La Liga with the Blaugrana.
Talking at a promotional event ahead of the El Clasico, the 45-year-old told guests that he doesn’t believe Messi and Ronaldo have too much competition, and that that is why they seem so dominant right now.
"If Ronaldo won is because he deserved it," the 45-year-old said at a Betfair Event, quoted by the Daily Star.
"In my time, there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world, I remember Figo, (Alessandro) Del Piero or (Francesco) Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times.
"I am not here for opening a controversy (laughs), I just say both are terrific players, but in my times you could find more quality players than today, in which you only hear about Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar."
Rivaldo won two La Liga titles, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup during his illustrious career.
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