Romario ranks himself above Messi and Ronaldo, claims only Maradona and Pele were better

Romario also places himself above the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Luis Suarez, without hesitation.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2024-02-17 10:20:49

Brazil football legend, Romario, confidently asserts that in football history, only two names—Diego Maradona and Pele—shine brighter than his. His journey on the football field, spanning from 1987 to 2005, saw him donning the Brazil jersey 70 times, netting 55 goals, a proof of his skill.

The pinnacle of his international career came in 1994, when Brazil clinched the World Cup, and he, personally, was adorned with the Golden Ball, the crown of the tournament’s best player.


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How was Romario’s club career?

His club career, marked by a stint at Barcelona and PSV, was equally illustrious. The 1993-94 season with Barcelona ended with a LaLiga title in his pocket, complemented by three league titles and two Dutch Cups during his time at PSV. These achievements, he believes, put him on par with the modern legends of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Yet, he goes further, placing himself above the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Luis Suarez, without hesitation.

In a candid conversation with Catenaccio e Contropiede, Romario was invited to juxtapose his legacy with that of other luminaries, past and present. His response? A firm nod to affirm that, in his view, only Maradona and Pele eclipsed him. “My opinion is this,” he declared, embedding his belief in the simplicity of his statement.

But Romario’s respect for his peers is evident as he acknowledges the brilliance of fellow Brazilians Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, considering them equals in their footballing journey. Yet, he does not shy away from expressing his conviction of being a notch above Rivaldo, Neymar, Adriano, Bebeto, and Zico.

Romario’s story isn’t just about the awards he won or the famous players he talks about. It’s his strong way of saying he’s one of the best football players ever, while also showing respect for other great players from the past and present.

His journey in football is a clear proof of his amazing skills and strong character.