Current Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus spoke to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte where he analysed the current situation surrounding three of football’s top names, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.
To begin his interview, as reported by AS, the Portuguese coach hailed the Juventus hitman as the best as he said, “In my view, Cristiano is the best and I have no doubt about that affirmation. He epitomises what the game is about. He doesn’t just score 10 or 20 goals but bangs in 30, 40 or even 50.”
Talking about Barcelona great Lionel Messi, Jesus said, “Messi is a different type of player and at present in the world, they (Ronaldo and Messi) are the best.” claimed the Portuguese coach.
On being asked who he thinks is the best footballer of all time, Jesus said, “Never got to see the likes of Pelé, Puskas or Garrincha play but have been fortunate enough to see the likes of Maradona, Messi and Cristiano. Who is the best? It’s a tricky one, Maradona was excellent but my idol was always Cruyff. Messi is a great talent as was Ronaldinho… Neymar could be one of the all time greats if he had Cristiano’s mentality.”
Revealing what Neymar needs to do in order to achieve greatness, Jesus concluded, “(He has to) change or he will never advance. His antics off the pitch have gotten in the way of how he performs. Cristiano’s desire to succeed is way stronger than any off field temptation and the key is knowing how to differentiate both.” concluded the Flamengo boss.