The Brazilian player Edelson - who won the World Cup squad in 2002 - claimed he was better than his compatriot Neymar (Saint-Germain) and outpaced the Argentine Lionel Messi (Barcelona captain) as well as the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus striker) when it came to successes in the football career.
Edelson played with the national team 21 times, won four times in the Brazilian League with Palmeiras and Corinthians, and considered his talent to place him among the best players in the world.
This player has never entered the preliminary list of the winners of the Golden Ball and spent a short period of loan with Benfica in Europe, but he managed to raise the World Cup with the team that included the phenomenon Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.
Although Messi and Ronaldo won dozens of group titles and 11 gold balls between them, they could not win the most important title in the world.
Edison believes that the World Cup title leads him to two stars that dominated football in recent years.
"My skills and talent, when I was in the best footballing days, better than Neymar, he has to win the World Cup to become better than me," he explained in a press interview.
"The same is for Messi, in order for him to be better than him, to win the World Cup title, as for Ronaldo, he has strength and punches the ball with both feet, but I am more skilled than him."
It is reported that Edelson (48 years old) - who retired in 2010 when he was 38 years old - scored a large number of beautiful goals in his career, but he was never an exceptional player.