I had this argument with a guy I know. It started out as who was better Messi or Maradonna. His main point was Messi never won the WC. But I argued that winning the UCL is harder. Thus Messi doesn't NEED the WC to be considered the greatest. Of course Ronaldo should also be considered in order of fairness, but he's such a tw*t I cant be bothered.
Am I off on this or has the CL equaled or surpassed the WC in terms of importance? I think its harder to win the CL than a WC.
What you win is irrelevant IMO. Gerrard is one of the greatest midfielders and players to ever play in the Premier League but he never won it, where as the likes of Darren Fletcher and Fabian Delph have. Salah will never win the World Cup, he knows it, we know it and the football world knows it, but it doesn't make him any less of a player than Messi/Ronaldo this year.
To win a World Cup, Champions League and anything really, it's about the team and luck. Has nothing to do with individual "brilliance"or whatever. Ronaldo, head and shoulders Madrid's best player this season, Ballon d'Or winner and supposedly the greatest of all time...done f**k all in the final against 19 year old TAA, scored none and assisted none. Didn't influence the final of the Euro's because he went off injured.
I hate this tag of players like Messi having to win the World Cup to be considered the greatest of all time, because the rest of his team aren't of the quality to win the World Cup. An individual can be a fantastic player but he can't do it all on his own, he needs team mates who are of the ability to allow him to flourish and perform at a level to influence the outcome.
This season Salah has been just as good as Messi and Ronaldo for example, so why does he need to win the Champions League to prove that? He's proved it over the course of a season, regardless of silverware he's hit the same figures and done it against much tougher opposition than what the other 2 have. People get too caught up in players having to win the World Cup or Champions League to apparently prove how good they are...bollocks, it's proved over a campaign.