Marco van Basten knows how difficult it is to score goals, having bee a striker himself and becoming a footballing legend representing the Dutch football team and AC Milan.
The football icon shed light on a variety of things, and is consistently shocked by football fans who believe Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi.
“Cristiano is a great player, but those who say he is better than Messi don’t know anything about football, or they say it in bad faith,” Van Basten said to Italian daily Corriere dello Sport.
“He [Messi] is unique. Impossible to imitate and impossible to repeat. A player like him appears every 50 or 100 years. As a child, he fell into the pot of football genius.”
When it came to listing his all-time greats, though, Van Basten neglected to mention the ex-Barcelona captain..
“Pele, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff are for me the three best players in history,” Van Basten stated.
“As a child, I wanted to be like Cruyff. He was my friend. I miss him. Pele and Maradona were also incredible.”