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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

By Keegan Kruger - Dec 20, 2017 01:25 PM @KeeganKruger

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.

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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."

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Rivaldo won two La Liga titles, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup during his illustrious career.

Do you agree with the Brazilian’s opinion? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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#eddie Joined: 16 Dec 2016
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#eddie Dec 29, 2017 11:04 PM
Messi!!!
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murendeni joe Joined: 20 Feb 2015
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murendeni joe Dec 21, 2017 07:13 PM
That's true these days its all bwt Messi, Ronaldo & Neymar
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Lekasi_pOi Dec 20, 2017 10:02 PM
Hahaha what a joke... Messi and Ronaldo are out of Class.!!!! Whether football was tough or simple back then or now, football remains football. Messi and Ronaldo doesn't need to win World Cup to be recognized as The Best Footballer of the game.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Dec 20, 2017 09:29 PM
Del piero and totti what a players
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blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Dec 20, 2017 06:59 PM
@Michaeltshigama Don't know if he drinks, but this does not sound like a sober remark
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blackmeteor Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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blackmeteor Dec 20, 2017 06:57 PM
Everybody has the right to make a fool of himself..........but Rivaldo takes it to a new level. Unless I am clueless after 30 years plus of watching soccer Mr. Rivaldo was good, BUT can NEVER be mentioned in the same breath as CR7 and King Lio by a sober person.........
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Michaeltshigama Joined: 30 Sep 2016
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Michaeltshigama Dec 20, 2017 03:52 PM
This guy is out of his mind
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Izec247 Joined: 08 May 2012
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Izec247 Dec 20, 2017 02:53 PM
Rivaldo is talking rubbish. There are still many top quality players today. The focus is on Messi and Ronaldo bcos nobody else is scoring 50+ goals in a year. It's uncommon, it didn't even happen in Rivaldo's time.
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cowpule Dec 20, 2017 02:04 PM
There are quality players Rivaldo and perhaps some are even better it's just that the media has chosen to focus on these three like in mzansi the media focuses on chiefs even though it's no longer a big team

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