Pele: Maradona Was "Much Better" Than Messi

Pele: Maradona Was

Brazilian great Pele has delivered his verdict on one of soccer's enduring debates-and it's fair to say the 78-year-old hasn't sat on the fence.

"How can you compare?" he told Folha de Sao Paulo. TO start with Pele was a bit diplomatic saying it's a matter of taste of people as to who likes whom. "If you ask me, 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was".

"To compare a player with Pele it has to be someone good with both feet who scores goals with his head".

Pele is widely thought of as one of football's best players ever, along with Argentine Diego Maradona.

The comments made by Pele are sure to get the tounges rolling but at the end of the day, it is his point of view.

He also compared the five times Ballon D'or victor with his Argentina counterpart, Diego Maradona, and concluded that Maradona was a better footballer.

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.

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Pele also said fellow Brazilian Neymar is a "better player" than France's World Cup victor, Kylian Mbappe.

When it comes to comparing Pele and Messi, a huge factor will always be the World Cup.

However Pele has sparked outrage among football supporters by giving a damning assessment of Messi stating that his qualities do not entitle him to be in the conversation for the greatest player in history. "They were all excellent players".

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. I had three surgeries in the past years, but I'm not 100 per cent.

"It is hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does outside of football", Pele said.

"I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability", said Pele, who went on to ponder on nascent football stars and French player Kylian Mbappe, among others.

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

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