Former Barcelona player and Brazilian football legend Romario feels Lionel Messi does not play for Argentina national team as well as he does for the Catalan giants.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner reached 500 goals in his magnificent club career on Sunday, as he scored a brace to secure a 3-2 win for Barcelona in a thrilling El Clasico against Real Madrid.
But Romario feels that Messi has not reached the level of compatriot Diego Maradona, as he has not been successful with his country, despite having reached three Copa America finals and one World Cup final.
“Messi has to win a World Cup,” Romario told Fox Sports Brasil. That’s why I consider Maradona to be better than him.”
“Diego won things with Argentina. Messi, on the other hand, plays well for Barcelona but doesn’t do it with the national team.”
Romario, a league champion with Barca in 1994, believes neither Messi nor Maradona could match his own prowess as a goalscorer.
“Within the area, I was much better than Messi and Maradona anyway,”he said.
“That’s what I think and I say it with a lot of humility.”
The 51-year-old, a world champion and twice a Copa America winner with Brazil, considers compatriot Neymar to be the finest player in the world today given his form for both club and country.
“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,” he added.