Both players are legends of the game when it comes to numbers, but it turns out Brazilian great Pele is not as big a fan of Argentina's Lionel Messi.
"Also great players", Pele recalled.
"How can you compare?" he told Folha de Sao Paulo.
"How can you compare?"
The World cup victor revealed earlier today that the Barcelona forward can not be regarded as the greatest player of all the because he only shoots with his left foot and cannot score headed goal very well.
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Three-time World Cup victor Pele had a talk to his fellow Santos product about his actions, which he found tough to reconcile. Fellow Argentine Maradona is considered to be one of the best ever, while iconic figures from Germany and the Netherlands are also held in the highest regard.
In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and won the FIFA Player of the Century award with Diego Maradona sharing the prize with him.
However, Pele is not ready to accept he made a stunning attack on this one-footed attacker.
And while the 78-year-old believes the Paris Saint-Germain forward is a naturally gifted player, he has urged him to stop theatrics on the field of play - which dominated headlines during their 2018 World Cup failure.
"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff are also better". "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it". We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift.
Pelé even praised Diego Maradona,"You will ask me", the Brazilian said, "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". "I don't feel any more pain, I feel more weakness".