Former Inter Milan striker Alvaro Recoba has named Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer of all time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona.
Messi made his senior debut as a footballer for Barcelona at the age of 17. Since then, he has established himself as one of the greatest players of all time, breaking countless records and winning multiple trophies.
The 34-year-old has won 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League trophies and a Copa America, among other trophies. He also won a plethora of individual accolades, including seven Ballon d’Or awards.
Recoba has now undoubtedly claimed that the striker is the best footballer of all time. The Uruguayan is of the opinion that Ronaldo, Maradona and Pele will only come second to the PSG superstar. He said on Radio Super Deportivo [via PSGTalk]:
“I haven’t seen Pelé play. I’ve seen Maradona play, but the best of all time is undoubtedly Messi. I saw in him, a player who 17 years ago was the best every game. There were amazing players, but if they had the number of years the guy had in competition and he was the best, no. I would pay a ticket to see Messi every Sunday.
“They hit him and he gets up. He had to win the Copa America to be recognized because he was down. When 30 or 40 years pass, and they put up the steps, he will be above everyone. Then Maradona, Ronaldo and a lot of players will come.
The Argentine ended his 21-year association with Barcelona and joined PSG on a free transfer last summer. However, the move didn’t go as planned for the Argentine, who couldn’t prevent the Parisians from pulling out of the Champions League Round of 16 last month.
Despite a poor start to life at PSG, the striker remains one of the best players in the world. Either way, he will be keen to prove his doubters in the French capital wrong before he leaves.
Messi and Ronaldo have 12 Ballon d’Or awards between them
Pelé and Maradona have dominated debates over who is the greatest footballer of all time. However, the arrival of Messi and Ronaldo on the scene has changed the scope of these discussions.
Both have won 12 Ballon d’Or awards over the past 13 years. It’s telling that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is the only player to break his hegemony in recent years.