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Lionel Messi: Better than Cristiano according to Pelé!

In an interview king Pelé claimed to have a preference for Lionel Messi compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, even if he recognizes the great qualities of the latter.

Pelé, perhaps the greatest footballer of all time is a lover of his sport and does not fail to give his opinion on his successors. Obviously, the duel that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been doing for many years has not escaped him. Nor did he escape the almost ritualistic question posed by Onda Cero: “For you, who is the best player between Leo Messi and CR7?” The triple winner of the World Cup replied: “It is not that I prefer Messi or Cristiano, when people ask me, I tell them that it is impossible to make the comparison.” Cristiano is an excellent player, more attacking, more in the finish. Messi is a player who scores goals but in addition it triggers more actions coming from behind. In my team both would be very important but if I had to choose one it would be Messi. This should revive the rivalry between the two players, after the last Banderille planted by Cantona. But Pelé also spoke of his compatriot Neymar.

For Pelé, just as for Alex Ferguson, Neymar is not yet at the level of Messi and Ronaldo but he progresses: “Neymar is getting to the level of the best.” He does not have the same experience as Messi or Ronaldo. “Sometimes people forget players like Iniesta, it’s easier to play in teams with great footballers, it’s an excellent school for Neymar”. This weekend, Messi as Cristiano Ronaldo have again shone with respectively the 400th goal of Messi’s career and the 50th goal of the season for Cristiano Ronaldo. Do you agree with Pelé?

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