I was better than Messi and Maradona - Brazil legend Romario

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 26/04/2017

I was better than Messi and Maradona - Brazil legend Romario

Former Barcelona and Brazil striker Romario is the latest to give his pennyworth as the best player in the world debate often rears its ugly head from time to time.

Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário is a Brazilian politician who previously achieved worldwide fame as a professional footballer, playing for Brazil and Barcelona where he spent two seasons, scoring 34 goals in 46 league goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo's name wasn't even mentioned, with the Brazilian preferring to compare himself against the best Argentinian players to have worn the Blaugrana shirt. Maradona also spent two seasons at Camp Nou after joining from Boca Juniors in 1982, scoring 22 goals in 36 league appearances.

"Messi has to win a World Cup, so I think that Maradona is better than him.

"Within the area I was much better than Messi and Maradona anyway. That's what I think and I say it with a lot of humility." Romario told FOX Sports Brasil

After his match-winning antics at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Messi seems to have put himself in pole position, for now, to win another Ballon d'Or, not that Romario would agree.

"Today, for how he plays with his club and the national team, I would give the prize of the best in the world to Neymar. the legendary Brazilian concluded

Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll in 1999 and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.

At club level, after developing his early career in Brazil, Romário moved to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1988 where he won the Dutch Eredivisie champions three times during his five season in Netherlands, netting a total of 165 goals in 167 games.

In 1993, he moved to Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", forming an exceptional strike partnership with Hristo Stoichkov. He won La Liga in his first season and finished top goalscorer with 30 goals in 33 matches. During the second half of his career, Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Romario won the Brazilian league title with CR Vasco da Gama in 2000 and was a three-time top scorer in the league. At the end of his career, he also played briefly in Qatar, the United States and Australia.