'Lionel Messi only has one skill!' - Pele rates himself above Barcelona star

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

Maradona better than Messi, Neymar 'difficult to defend': Pele

"I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability", 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.

Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

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

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.

Debates centered around who the best player is have been mooted in earnest once again after Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or this year, breaking the Cristiano Ronaldo - Lionel Messi duopoly.

Pele also said fellow Brazilian Neymar is a "better player" than France's World Cup victor, Kylian Mbappe. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Johan) Cruyff were also better.

Three-time World Cup victor Pele, 78, is widely acknowledged as among the best - if not the best - to have graced the game, with Diego Maradona often seen as his closest competitor for GOAT status.

In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and won the FIFA Player of the Century award with Diego Maradona sharing the prize with him.

Football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, has stated that he is out of the league of five-time Ballon d'Or victor, Lionel Messi and there is no basis for comparison.

"Mbappe? We are really similar, isn't it?" We talked and I told him: 'In soccer, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard. Aged only 19, he is considered one of the finest players in the world already. "They're also excellent players".

In recent years he has suffered a series of health problems, but said he is now feeling 100 per cent.

"I don't feel any more pain, but I feel some weakness".

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