Rivaldo feels he'd have won Ballon d'Or two or three times in current era
The former Brazil international believes he would easily win the trophy now because of the lack of quality at the top level.
The Brazil great was crowned the world's best player in 1999, but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have since won the award seven times between them in as many years. However, Rivaldo believes their domination of the game is evidence of a decline in quality at the top level. He was quoted in GOAL: "Football today is very different from before. If my time was today, I’d bet with anyone that I would be the best player in the world two or three times. I’m sure I would score 50 goals per season. The quality was much better before, in Brazil and worldwide, such as in Spain and Italy. You see how football is not good when Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the best today, are scoring 50 goals in the championship. This shows that the level [of football] is lower. Even for the best in the world, you should not being scored 50 goals in 38 games."