Rivaldo: I was as good as Messi, Cristiano

Former Barcelona playmaker Rivaldo insists he would have been good enough to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for individual awards.

Now 45, the former Brazilian international won the Ballon d’Or title in 1999 but he believes he was in a ‘better’ generation for top talent.

“I would have one more than just one Ballon d’Or title in this era,” Rivaldo told reporters, as quoted by Diario AS.

“At 25-26 years old, I would have been the best in the world more than once.

“Cristiano and Messi are both very good, this is obvious, but what I am saying is that I would have been fighting for these crowns alongside them to be the best in the world.

“There were better quality players in my time than there are in this era – right now the only talk is Cristiano or Messi, and maybe a little about Neymar.”

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