Former Brazil international Edilson says Lionel Messi and Neymar must win the FIFA World Cup before they can be compared to him.
Edilson was a member of a star-studded Brazilian side that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
The 49-year-old who made his debut for the South American giants in 1993 and earned 21 caps scoring six goals, made two starts at the World Cup – against Costa Rica and Turkey – while he came off the bench against England and China.
And the former Palmeiras and Corinthians star believes his World Cup winners’ medal edges him above both Messi and Neymar, claiming his technical ability when at the peak of his powers was greater than the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
“At my best, I played better than Neymar,” Edilson told TV Bandeirantes.
“He 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.”
And speaking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Edilson who was awarded the Golden Ball at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2000 said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is just strength; he strikes the ball well with both feet, but I’m more skilful than him.”
Edilson managed 163 goals during his club career, most of which was spent in Brazil.
He played for 18 different clubs in a 16 year professional career,
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