Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo: Pele
Arguably the best player in the history of football, Pele has picked who he thinks the best player in the world is right now. The Brazilian legend has stated that Lionel Messi is the world’s best, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
While on a trip in India, the 3-time World Cup winner, Pele was pressed about the great debate as to who is the best player in the world between the prolific goal scoring talents.
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Messi, who is currently out with a knee injury, was named the best player in Europe in August. Pele would not go as far as ranking them on an all-time list as he did not want to compare either Ronaldo or Messi to past players.
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“But, of course, in the last ten years, Messi was the best player,” Pele said.
“Lot of people compare Messi with Ronaldo. But they are two different kind of players. Roanldo is more [of a] scorer…more [of a] center forward. Messi plays more deeper. But both are fantastic.”
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He didn’t do as individual Brazilian Roberto Carlos did. The previous Real Madrid man said Neymar was the best.
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1999, Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS)that year, France Football asked their previous Ballon d’Or champs to pick the Football Player of the Century; they chose Pelé. In 1999, Pelé was chosen Athlete of the Century by the IOC, and Time named him in their rundown of 100 most persuasive individuals of the twentieth century. In 2013 he got the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in acknowledgment of his profession and accomplishments as a worldwide symbol of football.
According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal on the planet, with 541 league goals. In aggregate Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 matches, including informal friendlies and visit diversions, for which he was recorded in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football.
Who is your decision for the best player right now?