You can't compare Messi with me, says Pele

Brazilian great Pele and Luiz Gustavo in action with Lazio's Ciro Immobile Nov 8 2018

Brazilian great Pele and Luiz Gustavo in action with Lazio's Ciro Immobile Nov 8 2018

While placing himself above Messi in the all-time pecking order, Pele has also suggested that a number of other players sit above the Blaugrana star.

The fact Messi has redefined the game using primarily his left foot and body feints while possessing a smaller stature is surely testament to his true greatness.

Brazilian legend Pele has insisted Lionel Messi is nowhere near as good as he or Diego Maradona was.

"How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers", Pele was quoted as saying to olha de Sao Paulo while giving his submission if he thinks Messi is better than he was.

Messi this week missed out on netting a sixth Ballon d'Or for the world's best player, and incredibly only finished fifth on the list as Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric walked home with the accolade.

Mbappe has been compared to Pele after helping his country to win the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

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O Rei also said he is in better health after some surgeries over the past year, but is not yet 100%. "If you ask me: 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was". Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Johan) Cruyff were also better.

"It's hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does beyond playing football".

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.

On the question of who was the better player, Argentine legend Diego Maradona or the country's modern-day idol Lionel Messi, Pele was unequivocal in his answer. "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it. I don't feel any more pain, I feel more weakness".

"I was with him in Europe".

"God gave you a gift for football".

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