The former Brazil international shared his thoughts on Lionel Messi and his failure to win the prestigious international trophy with Argentina so far.
Messi’s international career started in the summer of 2005 and one can say that it has been quite different than the one on club level. In fact, the Argentinian is yet to win a major tournament with La Albiceleste.
This highly contrasts with the impressive level of success he’s had with Barcelona where he won total of 33 major trophies since his debut back in 2004.
Regardless of his failure of success with the National Team, however, Messi does not need any trophy to prove himself according to one of Brazil’s best ever players Zico.
Zico himself has also never lifted the World Cup trophy throughout his 10-year career with the Seleção between 1976 and 1986.
“It is not a frustration,” Zico said in an interview with Omnisport.
“People nowadays think only of achievements. I think that your career, your work is the most important.
“Football is a collective sport and many times it doesn’t depend on you playing well. It depends on if the team is playing well.
“Sometimes you decide games, but you can’t decide a competition.
“So, Messi’s merit is not undone because he hasn’t won a World Cup.
“Johan Cruyff didn’t win any World Cup and was one of the great players of history and he will always be. And many others the same.
“It is too much me, and not us. If you take a young man he doesn’t ask about your career, he asks: ‘Have you been the best in the world? Have you been the best of this or that?’.
“Everything is based on being the best. Football is a collective game, not an individual game.”
Zico preferred focusing on the way the new generation of players are playing more for the team and less from themselves, mentioning another of the world’s best, Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi never ever stop playing for the team,” said Zico.
“If I were young today, they are players on which I would mirror myself. Players of this level, play for the team.
“Players that are the best because they prepared themselves to bet You don’t see these players going out, on social media, skipping training to be in parties.
“They take care of themselves in order to have a good individual performance, but they know that this benefits their clubs.”