It’s been said that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Brazil legend Pele are possibly the two greatest players in history, but according to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, the debate is just childish.
The former Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam midfielder was chatting about the Catalans' 23rd La Liga title and how disappointing he thought Real Madrid were this campaign.
At the same event, Cruyff was asked whether he thought Lionel Messi deserved the accolade of being named the best player in history, but he didn’t entertain it much.
“There are always exaggerations. Why must we go from the best to the worst? For the sale of newspapers it’s important, but I am not going to go there,” he told AS.
“Di Stéfano was exceptional, Pelé was exceptional. I see the debate as a childish game.”
The former Ballon d’Or winner also felt that Real Madrid failed to win La Liga this season because the bought wrong.
“They have not brought in what they had to bring in. It is evident that it has not worked as it had to work.”
Barcelona are on the verge of winning yet another historic treble this season, as they face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final and Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.
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