Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

"Messi has only one skill", claims Brazil legend


Pele said he finds it hard to defend Neymar from criticism over what is perceived as excessive simulation and has urged the Paris Saint-Germain striker to make the most of his ability.

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever", Pele said in an interview with Folha de S.Paulo newspaper published on Wednesday.

However Pele has sparked outrage among football supporters by giving a damning assessment of Messi stating that his qualities do not entitle him to be in the conversation for the greatest player in history. He's got great partners, excellent, although they do not always have the same chance to get on the field.

After failing to be selected among the top-3 of the Ballon d'Or finalists for the first time in over a decade, Lionel Messi must now contend with a withering assessment of his talents from Pele.

Mbappe has been compared to Pele after helping his country to win the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

On the question of who was the better player, Argentine legend Diego Maradona or the country's modern-day idol Lionel Messi, Pele was unequivocal in his answer. For me Maradona was one of the best. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better. Global honours have proved elusive, though, having suffered final heartache at the World Cup and Copa America.

"I was with him in Europe".

However, the Selecao star has previously declared his belief that compatriot Neymar is a better player than both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he duly affirmed: "If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar". Pele said he used to head the ball well, shoot with the left foot as well as the right foot but the current Argentina star Messi just shoots from one foot and does not even head the ball well.

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