Davor Suker believes Lionel Messi must lead Argentina to international success before surpassing the likes of Diego Maradona and Franz Beckenbauer as football's greatest player.
Suker professed that, while Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the standout players of their generation, it is hard to compare them with previous stars.
Suker told Fifa.com: "I think Maradona is better. Messi's time will come though. He'll score loads of goals & break even more records, but he needs to win something with Argentina. He's very young and his time will come - I wish him all the best.
"First and foremost, it has to be said that Messi and Cristiano are out of this world - they’re so far ahead of the pack. They can be compared with the likes of Pele, Maradona, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer - this era belongs to them."
"It’s difficult ... You remember Pele and Maradona, but how do you compare them? Back then you’d have a couple of cameras filming matches, whereas now you’ll have 24 recording the warm-up," Croatia's all-time top goalscorer explained.
The Croatian also expects Germany and Spain to continue dominating European football due to their long-term investment in bringing through young talents.
Looking ahead to next season's Champions League and FIFA World Cup, Suker tipped Germany and Spain for more success.
"Germany always invest for the future, which is something we should all learn from them.
"And as far as Spain are concerned, when I arrived in the '90s they’d started investing in everything: football, basketball, handball, even water polo! The thing is, it’s hard to get results on a short-term basis, as you need ten or 15 years to get results, and who wants to wait so long nowadays? But that’s the key to success."
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