Brazil forward Edilson claims he eclipsed Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar

‘Forget Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, I’m the best’: Brazil forward Edilson claims he eclipsed star trio in his prime by winning the World Cup

  • Edilson has made the sensational claim that he was better than the star trio
  • The forward made his name at Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Corinthians
  • He scored 6 goals in 21 appearances for Brazil and won the 2002 world Cup 

Former Brazil forward Edilson has made the sensational claim that at the peak of his career he was better than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

The trio are often hailed as the three best players in the world and in the case of Messi and Ronaldo, two of the greatest to have ever played the game.

However, Edilson, who made his name at Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Corinthians either side of a loan spell at Benfica, claimed he eclipsed all three players because he won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.

Edilson claims that he was more talented than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar

‘At my best, I played better than Neymar. He needs to win the World Cup in order to be better than me,’ he told TV Bandeirantes.

‘I have personality and for Messi to be better than me, he also has to win the World Cup.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo is just strength, he strikes the ball well with both feet but I’m more skilful than him.’ 

The forward was part of the Brazil squad who won the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan

Ronaldo and Neymar have both reached the semi-finals of the competition, whilst Messi was just 90 minutes away from World Cup glory as Argentina lost to Germany in the 2014 final.

The lack of an international honour is the only slight on Messi’s illustrious career, having scored a record 438 La Liga goals for Barcelona.

In the eternal Messi vs Ronaldo debate, the 35-year-old Portugal international has the advantage of winning Euro 2016 and playing in three of Europe’s major leagues with Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. 

Ronaldo and Neymar (above) have both reached the semi-finals of the World Cup

Messi (above) and Ronaldo are hailed as two of the greatest to have ever played the game




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