Pele launches attack on 'one skill' Messi

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

Brazil superstar Neymar came under fire for his on-field theatrics at the World Cup, where the Selecao were beaten in the quarter-finals by Belgium.

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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.

Pele doesn't think Lionel Messi is the best football player in historyWhat's the story? "He had bad luck because the team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded", Pele said.

"I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability", said Pele, who went on to ponder on nascent football stars and French player Kylian Mbappe, among others. Ask me: he's better than Messi? So. "What you do complicates it'".

Pele believes that these perceived weaknesses to the Argentine's game makes him the better player.

"There are people who compare things that are not like with like". Aged only 19, he is considered one of the finest players in the world already.

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".

Pele believes Neymar is a better player than his fellow PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, who won the Best Young Player award as France triumphed at Russian Federation 2018.

"For me, it's hard to say it but it's useless to make a leader out of a man who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game".

In the interview, he also talked about his health and told Folha that he had three surgeries over the last few years.

"You mention several names, but from the last 10 or 15 years, I think Messi's been the most consistent player, without doubt".



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