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

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

There are many who consider Messi to be the finest player to have ever played the game, with a five-time Ballon d'Or victor boasting countless records and a stunning strike rate.

Legendary Brazilian forward Pele has launched a strangely specific attack on Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, and claims he can't be compared with the Argentine as Messi is one-footed and can't head the ball.

Speaking to Brazilian publication Folha de Sao Paulo, as quoted by the Mirror, the former striker indignantly proclaimed: "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?".

Proceeding to describe his fellow countryman Neymar as being better than his club-mate and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe, Pele also made note of his admiration Franz Beckenbauer and Johann Cruyff.

Pele's opinion was always going to spark a reaction and Gary Lineker, who considers Messi to be the greatest player of all-time, has now weighed in with his own thoughts.

Pele won the Ballon d'Or seven times while he was also named FIFA's Player of the Century.

Messi has also won five Golden Balls, nine La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns and three Club World Cups.

The Brazil icon, who is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, previously said that he believes compatriot Neymar is a better player than both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"How can you compare?"

Worldwide honours have proved elusive, though, having suffered final heartache at the World Cup and Copa America. Pele said, comparing his own playing attributes to the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Pele's comments are particularly weird given that he's praised Messi in the past and said he was the best player "in the past 10 years" when asked in 2015.

"It's hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football".



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