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Pele: Compare Neymar To Messi, Not Ronaldo!

Pele: Compare Neymar To Lionel Messi, Not Cristiano Ronaldo!

By David Kappel - Apr 10, 2018 11:31 AM @kappilinho

Brazil legend Pele has once again entered the debate around the current three best players in the world, and insisted that Neymar should be compared to Lionel Messi and not Cristiano Ronaldo.

Read: Neymar Joins Messi v Ronaldo Debate

The 77-year-old famously won three FIFA World Cups with the Selecao and is often asked about his countryman, Neymar.

During a recent interview, the Selecao icon explained how he thinks the Paris Saint-Germain superstar is more of a playmaker like Messi while Ronaldo should be compared to the great goalscorers.

"Neymar has been compared with Cristiano Ronaldo," Pele told ESPN Brazil.

"So I've said several times, told friends, in Europe, given interviews... Cristiano Ronaldo is an excellent player, he could be like our Vava, our Coutinho, the finisher (both are World Cup winning teammates of his from 1962).

"Neymar is really more of a Messi style, one who constructs the play, but scores the goal also."

Neymar finished in third spot in the latest Ballon d'Or ranking, behind Messi and Ronaldo, who lifted his fifth Golden Ball.

He was on track to match the top duo's goal exploits this season, scoring 29 times and assisting another 19 strikes in just 30 games for Les Parisiens, but has missed the last six weeks due to a foot injury.

Read: Messi Climbs Back To Top Of Golden Shoe Table

Reports suggest he will be fit for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, though, where he is expected to shine alongside football's biggest names.

Do you agree with Pele that Neymar's style of play is more like Messi's than Ronaldo's? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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amuluks7 Joined: 17 May 2017
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amuluks7 Apr 19, 2018 06:26 PM
Ronaldo is just a goalscorer nothing much,he's right
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MrBlack wa le chochocho Apr 13, 2018 10:14 AM
your ryt compare them...you know ronaldo cant be compared to any
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Apr 12, 2018 05:10 AM
Messi is phenomenal, I can't compare him with anyone!
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King Charlie Apr 12, 2018 03:09 AM
Messi is the football Messiah. In comparison they are playing different roles, Ronaldo a striker and Messi a playmaker. So looking at this fact, Messi is a team player whereas Ronaldo game is more individual
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tsikaldinho Joined: 05 Feb 2014
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tsikaldinho Apr 10, 2018 10:55 PM
Neymar prefers CR7 nt Messi
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tsikaldinho Joined: 05 Feb 2014
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tsikaldinho Apr 10, 2018 10:53 PM
By the way yr Masessi n Neymar wl b watching King Ronaldo lifting the UCL again. Believe tht old man.
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Chicharito07 Apr 10, 2018 10:15 PM
@mlindoz3331 lol . . .
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Sunset Dawana Apr 10, 2018 09:46 PM
The ongoing saga of Messi and Ronaldo is really far from being over...love and hatred exist here.
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 10, 2018 09:34 PM
Messi is close to yu mr no offside. yu said it that Messi will ask yu why yu said CR7 is the best when he cried receiving gifts ballon d or frm yu. he is yur fellow South American n neymer yur country man. Neymer I himself and seems to prefer CR7 and was not afraid even when he was at Barca. Neymer is motivated by Chris
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Hopsi Apr 10, 2018 09:31 PM
Thank soo verry much Mlindoz3331!!!
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mlindoz3331 Apr 10, 2018 08:48 PM
*Cristiano Ronaldo vs Leo Messi in court* Judge: Have any of you won the Golden ball? Ronaldo: Yes, 5 times. Messi: Yes, 5 times as well. Judge: Have any of you won the Golden Boot? Ronaldo: Yes, 4 times. Messi: Same here. Judge: How many individual trophies have you each won? Ronaldo: 16. Messi: 13. Judge: Have any of you played for another club’s first team besides your current one? Ronaldo: Yes! Sporting CP in Portugal first division and Manchester United in BPL. Messi: No. Only Barcelona. Judge: Have any of you won a title with your national team? Ronaldo: Yes! We won Portugal’s first ever European Championship. Messi: No. Judge: How many goals have each of you scored for your respective teams? Ronaldo: Should I count the goals I’ve scored for Man United and Sporting? Judge: No. Only for Real Madrid. Ronaldo: 436 goals in 426 appearances or 9 seasons. Messi: 539 goals in 625 appearances or 14 seasons. Judge: Who has scored more hat- tricks in La Liga? Ronaldo: Me. 35 in La Liga. Messi: Ronaldo has. I’ve scored 28. Judge: Which is the most prestigious competition in club football? Ronaldo: Champions League. Messi: Champions League. Judge: Have any of you won Champions League? Ronaldo: Yes, 4 times in total with 2 different teams. Once with Man United and 3 times with Madrid. Messi: Yes, 4 times as well with Barcelona only. Judge: Who has scored more goals in the CL between the two of you? Ronaldo: I’ve scored 118 goals in the CL. Messi: I’ve scored 100. Judge: Who has more assists between the two of you in the CL? Ronaldo: I have 39. Messi: Ronaldo has. I have 26. Judge: Who has scored more goals in total in the CL finals? Ronaldo: Me. Messi: Ronaldo. Judge: Which one of you have scored more free kicks? Ronaldo: I have. Messi: Ronaldo has. Judge: Most goals with weak foot? Ronaldo: Me, I think. Messi: (Nods in agreement). Judge: Most goals from outside of the box? Ronaldo: Me.. again. Messi: Ronaldo. Judge: Who has scored more headers? Ronaldo: Is that a serious question? Messi: ... Judge: Who has a better penalty conversion rate? Ronaldo: I think I do. I’ve scored 82% of the penalties I’ve taken. Messi: I’ve scored 77% of the penalties I’ve taken. Judge: Which one of you have scored the most goals in total during your career? Ronaldo: I think I have. 647 goals. Messi: I’ve scored 603 Judge: How many football records do each of you hold in total for both club and country? Ronaldo: 146 Messi: 110 Judge: Well, after analyzing all of the facts that have been presented to me. I can only draw one conclusion when it comes to comparing you both as football players. That conclusion is that Ronaldo is the better player in almost every category. When it comes to goal scoring and accolades for both club and country, Ronaldo comes out on top. Messi, you are without a doubt Barcelona’s best player of all time. But certainly not the world’s best ever. That is clearly Ronaldo at the moment. Messi: But I am younger than Ronaldo and haven’t played as many matches as him. Judge: I understand that, but until you surpass his goal scoring records and win as many trophies both individually and collectively as he has, then Ronaldo will, according to the statistics, be considered as the best football player of all time. Until then, keep pushing on and you just might be able to achieve just as much as Ronaldo!
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Easy_e_100 Apr 10, 2018 06:33 PM
One thing for sure King Ronaldo is a better player than you messi and neymar combined.
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Easy_e_100 Apr 10, 2018 06:33 PM
One thing for sure King Ronaldo is a better player than you messi and neymar combined.
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Flipping lyf Apr 10, 2018 04:57 PM
Messi wont win cup outside barcelona and cr7 can win cup anywhere he ply his trade that fact not opinion
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Shillos10 Apr 10, 2018 04:50 PM
Ronaldo is compared to Messi with goals.But Messi is a playmaker and Ronaldo is a goalscoreer.
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Flipping lyf Apr 10, 2018 04:48 PM
Cristiano "RECORD" ronaldo best player of all time in football history number's speak volume to have cr7 in ur team it guarantee u a trophy that fact not opinion
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nazzi the second Apr 10, 2018 04:46 PM
ONLY MADRID AND PORTUGAL FANS THINK RONALDO IS THE BEST FOOTBALLER, BUT PEOPLE WHO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND FOOTBALL WITHOUT BEING BLINDED BY WHO THEY SUPPORT KNOW THE TRUTH
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Apr 10, 2018 04:43 PM
If u want to compare Ronaldo to Messi be specific nd compare him in da striking department dat is as far as it goes finish nd claar
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Nick#10 Apr 10, 2018 04:36 PM
Best strikers (Messi,Ronaldo ,Kane,Levendowski,Aguero,Neyme r,Aubamayang nd others...) best assists (Messi,iniesta,Neymer nd others) best dribblers(Messi,Neymer nd others).who does assist more nd score more at da same time (Messi alone).so Messi is in every category that's why he is da best!
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Matayitayi Apr 10, 2018 03:35 PM
The legend said it all

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