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

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

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

Brazilian legend Pele has certainly caused a bit of a stir in the footballing world with his latest comments on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The 78-year-old has always been considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, and thus his words naturally carry great weight in the footballing world.

But the three-time Fifa World Cup victor also said that the Brazilian was much better player than his PSG teammate and French World champion Kylian Mbappe.

In an interview with Folha de S.Paulo (Brazilian daily Newspaper), Pele said that there is no comparison between him and Messi.

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He continued: "How can you compare? To compare with me, then he should use the left and right foot, score goals with his head", - said Pele.

Messi finished fifth in the 2018 Ballon d'Or awards held on Monday, behind players like Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezman. The legendary three-time World Cup victor claimed he was the better player and a more complete sportsman; however, at the same time singling out Diego Maradona, as also "a much better player", than the Argentinian ace.

However, Lineker, who also had the privilege to play for Barcelona in his active days thinks otherwise, took to social media to set the records straight.

On the question of who was the better player, Argentine legend Diego Maradona or the country's modern-day idol Lionel Messi, Pele was unequivocal in his answer.

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The football icon from Brazil is of the opinion that he was a better footballer than Messi, who "only has one skill". Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better.

Pele, though, has suggested that the 31-year-old is one-dimensional and too reliant on his left foot to be compared to other iconic figures at the top of the world game. "I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability". "I don't feel any more pain, I feel more weakness".

"You will ask me was [Maradona] better than Messi?"

He said, "I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe everyone speaks more about Mbappe".

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