Pele believes current Barcelona star Lionel Messi ‘cannot compare’ to him and even said the Argentine forward has ‘only one skill’.
However, Pele, now 78, namechecked Diego Maradona as one of three former players whom he believes to be superior to Messi.
“As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever,” Pele told Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by ESPN.
“If you ask me: 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was. Much better.
“[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff are also better. They're also excellent players.
“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn't head the ball well? How can you compare?
“To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers.”
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