For the three-time World Cup winner, the Argentine's only advantage over the 20-year-old is experience as in terms of talent, he already trails the Brazilian
The three-time World Cup winner was speaking on Tuesday at a press conference marking Santos' centenary celebrations in April 2012.
Never shy about publicising the ability of Neymar to the press, the 71-year-old pushed the youngster ahead of Messi in his list of the world's current stars.
"Now everyone is talking about Messi, he is a star. But [to be the best ever] he must first become better than Neymar," he asserted.
"At the moment Messi is just more experienced."
The Brazilian also played down the public feud he has allegedly maintained with Diego Maradona, insisting that there is no bad blood between the two men.
"You [journalists] are always saying that I am Maradona's rival, but it is not true. I was never his rival, and he was a great attacking midfielder," the veteran explained.