England legend Gary Lineker has reacted to Pele's statement claiming that Lionel Messi "only has one skill" by revealing other comparisons.
One of the biggest debates in football among fans, and pundits alike, is the ability of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and who is the best player in the world. In a recent interview with Brazillian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, the former World Cup victor called the Barcelona forward a one-dimensional footballer who relied too much on his left foot. Benjamin Mendy from Manchester City said that even if it is not known what it is going to happen the next day, it is for sure that every great player has to play for Premier League at least once.
Pele, speaking with Folha de Sao Paulo, stated that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's inability to head the ball, means he was a better player. "He had bad luck because the team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded", Pele said.
Both Pele and Maradona have flip-flopped between loving and hating Messi. 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.
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Messi is likely to finish his career without a World Cup title, while Maradona won with Argentina at the 1986 edition in Mexico.
"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players". "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it".
He pointed out that to effectively compare with his own professional achievements, one would have "to shoot well with the left, shoot well with the right, and score headers".
"I was with him in Europe".
But Pele said he rates the 1986 World Cup victor - as well as two other former players - higher than Messi. We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift.