Barcelona icon, Rivaldo has insisted that Paris Saint-Germainâ€™s Lionel Messi is not the worldâ€™s greatest player of all time because he is yet to win a World Cup with Argentina national team.
Rivaldo, who is Barcelonaâ€™s sixth top goalscorer of all time, believes Messi is behind football legend, Pele, in the worldâ€™s greatest player top three rankings.
The former Brazilian international also said that Messi deserved his record seventh Ballon dâ€™Or.
DAILY POST reports that France Football named Messi as the winner of this yearâ€™s Ballon dâ€™Or award ahead of Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho.
â€œHe [Lionel Messi] deserved the award based on his performances for Argentina as they won the Copa America â€“ a trophy theyâ€™ve coveted for many years â€“ and he was the best player of the tournament,â€ Rivaldo told Betfair.
â€œThere will always be arguments about the Ballon dâ€™Or, as there are so many voters from all over the world and there is so much footballing talent around.
â€œI could have made the case for Karim Benzema, along with [Robert] Lewandowski and Messi, but in the end, the award must go to one player.
â€œIt is possible the Argentinianâ€™s amazing career also had some influence on those voters who were wavering.
â€œHeâ€™ll be remembered as one of the best players ever, but it is tough to say he already is the best, as heâ€™s still chasing a World Cup title with Argentina.
â€œOther players, such as Pele, won the World Cup many times, so I donâ€™t think Messi should be considered the best ever.
â€œHeâ€™s up there, though, and would make the top three.â€