Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho does not believe that Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi need to win the World Cup during their careers in order to be considered all-time greats of the game.
However, the Portuguese coach concedes that the debate about where they stand on the pantheon of all-time greats will continue unless they secure the trophy that other legends of the game won during their careers.
“I don’t think Messi needs to win with Argentina to be great – he already is great. Ronaldo is great too and he doesn’t need to be a world champion but, and there’s always a but, Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldo Nazário and Rivaldo… they all did it," Mourinho told reporters after being unveiled as Yahoo's new Global Football Ambassador.
"A lot of the top players did it and that’s why everyone’s waiting for Messi and Cristiano to as well.”
Messi and Ronaldo will both be hoping to win world football's most prestigious trophy at the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer with Argentina and Portugal, respectively.
For the last six years, the Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars have been universally considered the two best players in world football.
Ronaldo secured the second Ballon d'Or of his career earlier this year after another stunning goalscoring campaign, while Messi won the previous four before that.
Do Messi and Ronaldo need to win a World Cup in order to be considered *the* greatest player ever?
Will Diego Maradona and Pele always have the edge on the duo if they fail at international level?
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