Pele: Don't Compare Lionel Messi To Me, He Has One Skill!

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

However, the Selecao star has previously declared his belief that compatriot Neymar is a better player than both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he duly affirmed: "If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar".

The 78-year old, who won three World Cups and scored 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil, claims that Messi can not use his weaker foot, can not head the ball and only has one trick to his game.

Speaking in an interview with Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Pele dismissively looked upon the Barcelona captain as having just the "one skill".

Pele, meanwhile, said no one should try to compare him with Messi, suggesting their skillset was completely different. We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift.

"How can you compare?"

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"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players".

Pele also said fellow Brazilian Neymar is a "better player" than France's World Cup victor, Kylian Mbappe. "To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers".

Mbappe, Neymar's teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting and took home the best young player award.

In the same interview, Pele also said Argentinian World Cup victor Maradona was "much better" than his compatriot Messi - although the Brazilian has been on record as previously saying that even Maradona could not compare in the pantheon of all-time greats, due to the same apparent flaws as Messi.

"Neymar is ready. The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position". "I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability. We talked and I told him: 'In football, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard'".

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