Pele claims he was bet­ter than Messi

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports - JACK WAT­SON BRASILIA

B r a z i l i a n f o o t b a l l le­gend Pele has launched an as­ton­ish­ing at­tack on Barcelona star Lionel Messi by claim­ing he has just ‘one-skill’.

The three-time World Cup win­ner claimed he was the bet­ter player be­cause he was a more com­plete per­former than the Ar­gentina for­ward.

Pele also added that Diego Maradona was a ‘ much bet­ter’ player than the five­time Bal­lon D’Or win­ner as he ad­dressed a wave of as­sess­ments of the cur­rent crop of the world’s best play­ers.

“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 and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Folha de Sao Paulo when asked about Messi.

“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.”

He also dis­missed any claims t hat t here are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Messi and Maradona, who he be­lieves is one of the great­est play­ers of all time.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, Maradona was one of the best play­ers ever. If you ask me, ‘ Was he bet­ter than Messi?’ Yes, he was. Much bet­ter. [Franz] Beck­en­bauer, [ Jo­han] Cruyff were also ex­cel­lent play­ers.”

On Ney­mar, he said,“I think Ney­mar is a more com­plete player than him, but in Europe ev­ery­one speaks more about Mbappe.” THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

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