Pele: Maradona Was "Much Better" Than Messi

Silvia Morton
December 9, 2018

Reacting on the issue, Brazil's legend Pele queried the attributes of the Barcelona star, who many still believe is the greatest to have played the round leather game.

But Messi's decade at the pinnacle of the game, alongside generational great Cristiano Ronaldo, have seen more and more observers applying the all-time great tag to the 31-year-old Argentinian.

He has stated that the victor of Ballon d'Or for five times, Lionel Messi's ability to head the ball implies that he isn't as the same standard as he had been in his pomp.

How can you compare a guy who dribbles well, beats beats left and right, and the other plays only feet, has an accurate shot, but doesn't play head?

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

No one has won the Ballon d'Or on more occasions than Messi, who has five, but only finished fifth in the voting for the same honour in 2018 - and was voted as ESPN FC's best forward.

The Brazilian lifted three in 1958, 1962 and 1970, while Messi has failed to win one, losing in the 2014 final to Germany. "They were all excellent players".

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"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff are also better".

Pelé even praised Diego Maradona,"You will ask me", the Brazilian said, "was [Maradona] better than Messi?"

"It's hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football", Pele added. "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it".

"I was with him in Europe".

But when Pele was again asked to compare between him and Messi, he said how can people compare him with Messi.

"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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