Register Login Scores

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

Although Pele has previously praised FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, he now appears to be offended that many consider the Argentine the greatest player of all time. Here is what the Brazil legend recently had to say about the five-time Ballon d'Or winner being compared to him.

Zlatan Snubs CR7 For His Best All-Time XI

Pele is widely thought of as one of football's best players ever, along with Diego Maradona and, in more recent times, Messi.

Asked how he feels about the Blaugrana talisman holding that status recently, the 78-year-old claimed that no player with "one skill" should be compared to him.

"How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right... and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill, doesn't head the ball well?" he said in an interview with Folha de S.Paulo.

"How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers."

Pele even went as far as bringing Maradona into the conversation.

"You will ask me: 'Was Maradona better than Messi?'" he added.

"Yes, by a lot. Much better."

The Top 11 Goalscorers In Europe So Far This Season

What do you think of Pele's criticism of Messi? Let us know in the comments section below. 

nextarticle

Mourinho Praises Man Utd Stars After Arsenal Draw

88 comments

Top 5

Salah Linked With Shock €200m Transfer

13 Feb 12, 2019 02:14 PM in African Football

SA Midfielder Debuts Against Porto, Tau Nets In Belgium

12 Feb 17, 2019 12:11 PM in Players Abroad

The 10 Highest-Paid Players In Europe

12 Feb 08, 2019 07:15 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Chiefs Scrape Into Nedbank Cup Last Eight

132 Feb 17, 2019 05:45 PM in Nedbank Cup

Move Imminent, How Would Makaringe Fit In At Bucs?

7 Feb 16, 2019 10:30 AM in Siyagobhoza

9 Richest Footballers In The World, Past & Present

22 Jan 29, 2019 07:17 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

No PSL Deal Since Chiefs Exit, Masilela In Third Tier

11 Feb 17, 2019 10:57 AM in Siyagobhoza

10 Footballers Who Had Their Careers Cut Short Through Injury

18 Jan 31, 2019 07:16 PM in English Premier League

Ex-Wits Defender To Be Sacrificed For Sangweni?

2 Feb 15, 2019 08:32 PM in Siyagobhoza