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You can't compare Messi with me, says Pele

You can't compare Messi with me, says Pele

Lionel Messi was a product of Barcelona's La Masia academy, joining as a 13-year-old. TO start with Pele was a bit diplomatic saying it's a matter of taste of people as to who likes whom. We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift.

The World cup victor revealed earlier today that the Barcelona forward can not be regarded as the greatest player of all the because he only shoots with his left foot and cannot score headed goal very well.

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever", he said.

Proceeding to describe his fellow countryman Neymar as being better than his club-mate and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe, Pele also made note of his admiration Franz Beckenbauer and Johann Cruyff.

Not sure what has got into Pele recently but if he thinks Messi has just one skill then he must be losing it.

Messi has recorded an impressive 567 club goals and 221 assists in 653 appearances and an additional 65 goals and 40 assists in 128 matches for Argentina.

No one has won the Ballon d'Or on more occasions than Messi, who has five, but only finished fifth in the voting for the same honour in 2018 - and was voted as ESPN FC's best forward.

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Pele said he finds it hard to defend Neymar from criticism over what is perceived as excessive simulation and has urged the Paris Saint-Germain striker to make the most of his ability.

And the often-controversial Piers Morgan has slammed Pele on Twitter for his comments, but his post has attracted a lot of attention from football fans. He's the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

Brazil superstar Neymar came under fire for his on-field theatrics at the World Cup, where the Selecao were beaten in the quarter-finals by Belgium.

Pele has always been adamant that he is the greatest footballer of all time, but his swipe at the Argentine worldwide really does seem petty at best.

"You mention several names, but from the last 10 or 15 years, I think Messi's been the most consistent player, without doubt".

"In terms of being a complete player, there's no doubt that Messi is the best".


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