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Messi only has one skill, I am far better – Pele

Brazil legend Pele has said Lionel Messi only has one skill, making him far better. He also placed fellow Argentine Diego Maradona much better than the Barcelona talisman.

Messi only has one skill, I am far better - Pele lailasnews


Having starred for the Liga heavyweights for well over a decade now, Messi is considered to have established a standing as an all-time great.

Pele, though, has suggested that the 31-year-old is one-dimensional and too reliant on his left foot to be compared to other iconic figures at the top of the world game. Pele told Folha de Sao Paulo: ”

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.”

“As far as I’m concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever. If you ask me, ‘Was he better than Messi?’ Yes, he was. Much better.

“[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players.”

While Pele may not be Messi’s biggest fan, there is no questioning his achievements since bursting onto the scene at Barca.

A remarkable tally of 567 club goals have been recorded in 653 appearances, with another 65 netted in 128 outings for his country.

Messi has also won five Golden Balls, nine La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns and three Club World Cups.

International honours have proved elusive, though, having suffered final heartache at the World Cup and Copa America.

231 Comments

  1. Messi is a vary good player because you did not play modern football and you don’t know what is all about

  2. No two people are the same. Pele was surely an enigma of his time. But today Messi is the man to watch. The comparison is not necessary especially as pele is retired and Maradona too. A good comparison will be with Messi’s contemporary

  3. Yap that’s true but he is a world best footballer. So comparing to what you do doesn’t mean anything.

  4. Pele was the best in his era . In this era we have both Ronaldo and Messi. I don’t think comparing pele and Messi is a sensible one

  5. To me, both of them, and Maradona as well, are great football icons, unique in their own special way. It is difficult to say who is greater than the other(s).

  6. Pele was the best in his era . In this era we have both Ronaldo and Messi. I don’t think comparing pele and Messi is a sensible one

  7. Oga abeg go and lie down your time and Maradona’s has pass we are moving foward so keep your opinion to yourself.

  8. Messi is far better than them all because pele and maradona played when there was no competition in football.

  9. Messi is One Of the greatest footballer and his One skill made him good,popular and known by so many people

  10. He has broken and set records with that singular skill. With your flurry of skills, how many records were you able to break let alone set ?

  11. Your open challege on this is a true fact Sir….but to everyone they is a time and season….you did great in your time and he is doing greatly in his time as a star….no much comparison…

  12. Stop thinking you are better than because he has one skill, there are things he is better off than you.

  13. that is your choice of personality, you choose the person above another person, it’s all good

  14. the truth is, we all are born desame way but in different skills, he might be using both head and left and right leg but still don’t give goal so let all use they different skills to produce something that pleases each other

  15. To me…Lionel Messi remains the best player in the world and I think he deserves to be acknowledge every now and then

  16. It is clearly pele is not a fan of messi just like me here but we can not denied the fact that messi is among the top 3 greatest players to ever grace the field of ⚽ succer

  17. Well messi is good, you can not compare old school style to new style of playing football, I think you are both the best

  18. I don’t really understand why Pele is making a comparison between him and Messi.Pele should nt be the one tell us he’s better than Messi

  19. It’s not even abt wat skill u Ave bt abt how good u use d skill u have…so Pele DNT compare urself to messi …he is far better Dan u nd he is famous

  20. Pele, you’re a legend and I don’t believe it’s best to compare some certain things. You were a champion during your time then, but now Messi is, let him enjoy himself.

  21. i hope this will not start another war of words, pele,should not drag himself to this low please.hes been looked upon as a father figure now

  22. I strongly disagree with pele on this one, in my own opinion, messi still remains one of the best players of all time

  23. The truth still remains that messi is good and he is the world best, beside no two players are the same, comparison is not necessary.

  24. U are just gossiping no point, Messi has established a name for himself already do try and achieve yours stop gossiping.

  25. Pele is right. You can never compare him to Messi at all. Messi is very good but Pele is the best, and you comparing him with Pele is like comparing sleep with death. They can never be the same!

  26. Messi all the way, though Pele is also good, I think they shouldn’t be compared cuz they’re both different

  27. Maradona was a good player he reigned during his time, Pele too was a good player too also reigned during his own time Messi is also a good player and his reigning during his time so let him be and let him enjoy his reign no comparison every one is unique in his own ways

  28. My brother, when you come across Messi on the field, we’ll see if you’re still confident to say this

  29. Pele’s era has gone, it is Messi time, let Pele come and play again and see for himself, he’s now old school, LMAO

  30. Interesting. All the players are unique individuals. No basis for comparison. However, they equally have shortcomings and that is why they are different. They have strengths and weaknesses. They are great legends and more will join the list with their unique gifts from GOD. You can never have a perfect player/human. We can only judge with our yardsticks which are sometimes fraught with bias and personal opinion. In any case you cannot compare old wine with new wine.

  31. Misssi is not a human being stop comparing yourself to him, he far better than you Messi is a vary good player because you did not play modern football and you don’t know what is all about

  32. I might not have much to say because I don’t much about football Merci is great in us own unique way. Comparing might not be the best yard stick my take thou.

  33. All the three are good players in their different skills and styles and should learn how to respect each other as well

  34. brother don’t bite what you can not chew ok and don’t live your life with comperisim. just appreciate God on what he make you for. don’t jelious your fellow. Messi is 100% better than you

  35. Everybody is unique in his or her own way..they all great players…they play so well when on the football field.

  36. He’s entitled to his own opinion and must be respected. His opinion is not general but personal too. From my own view, not all will be a fan messi out of rivalry with other players too. Messi is a great talent and gift to the football world. He’s good that he makes football so easy and enjoying to watch whenever you see him play. For me, he’s the best ever.

  37. Messi is a skillful play, though I don’t know much about pele but in comparison, let him not compare himself with lioness messi

  38. Pele is making me laugh in vernacular. How will he say such a thing. Messi is a phenomenon. He is such an extraordinary person.

  39. Messi is a world class best professional footballer, their is no need for comparisons, each player is good in his own way

  40. Even though Pele is not a fan of messi, he didn’t need to compare at all. He (Pele) was good in his time and that time is in the past, now messi is having his own time, he should let him be and not make it seem like hatred.

  41. I don’t even know anything about football but as for me, It’s only Ronaldo and Messi that I know. I have never heard of any Pele before

  42. Do you really have to start comparing yourselves? I believe everyone is unique in their own special way, I love you both.

  43. Well, that’s to your own understanding, either he has one skill or not, he is just the best of his own time… He is am embodiment of football

  44. Well, that’s to your own understanding, either he has one skill or not, he is just the best of his own time… He is an embodiment of football

  45. Messi has one skill you say but that has taken him to where he is now so relax everyone is unique in his own way

  46. Like it or not you’re nothing to be compared to mercy
    He may be a one foot man but he’s a beast at it compare to your all put together ain’t even weighing more than lollipop
    Go get consolation dude

  47. My dear,speak of ypur skill and dont compare yourself with messi,messia is a spirit in football,you can’t see his back.

  48. This is funny. I won’t compare the two but I feel Pele should respect himself enough not to get into this kind of issue. Football has change so well from his time, in fact I heard there is no offside during Pele’s time! So what exactly is he talking about?

  49. Well on my own opinion you are a good player indeed so as for messi he is OK too, both of you are not the same now.your strategy are different.

  50. Both are good there is no need to compare, messi has his way of playing and Pele also has his own way of playing too

  51. Na your problem be that
    You are not the world 1%
    And majority of the world thinks messi is better
    So…..

  52. It doesn’t change the fact that messi had had many wins than Pele. Being a good player depends on how many wins.

  53. N what makes you thinks that you re better than him hmmmm well I’m not a fan of football but I know as a fact that you re not better than messi

  54. There is a big difference between football of then and that of now. you cant really compare the two, i know lionel messi is better.

  55. both of them, and Maradona as well, are great football icons, unique in their own special way. It is difficult to say who is greater than the other(s).

  56. Lol….but its messi that we know if you want to be big and well knows too just come and show your talent out

  57. The comparison is not necessary especially as pele is retired and Maradona too. A good comparison will be with Messi’s contemporary

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