The attacker earned universal acclaim for his five-goal performance against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday in the Champions League, but the recently-retired marksman now wants the 24-year-old to lead Argentina to glory to catapult himself into the same breath as the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona.
"Messi is great but for me to become a legend like Zidane or Maradona, he must achieve success with the national team. We can not compare him with these great champions," Ronaldo told Bundesligapremier.it
"Until Messi lifts the World Cup with Argentina, he will remain as only an excellent player."
Messi is set to take to the field for Barcelona against Racing Santander on Sunday.
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