Lineker responds to Pele’s statement saying Messi has only one skill

How can you compare him to me?’ – Pele says Messi is no GOAT

While placing himself above Messi in the all-time pecking order, Pele has also suggested that a number of other players sit above the Blaugrana star.

The 26-year-old was heavily criticised for his antics at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during which he got a lot of flak for diving and trying to get his opponents in trouble.

He also compared the five times Ballon D'or victor with his Argentina counterpart, Diego Maradona, and concluded that Maradona was a better footballer.

He continued: "How can you compare? He won the World Cup", said Pele, who was joined by Mbappe as the only teenagers to score in a World Cup final.

Nevertheless, this was only good enough to give him a fifth-place finish in this week's Ballon d'Or vote, as Real Madrid's Luka Modric walked off with the main prize - the first time since 2006 Messi has not attained a podium place at the prestigious gala. The legendary three-time World Cup victor claimed he was the better player and a more complete sportsman; however, at the same time singling out Diego Maradona, as also "a much better player", than the Argentinian ace. "They're also excellent players", he said.

When it comes to comparing Pele and Messi, a huge factor will always be the World Cup.

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Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

He even went ahead and said that Maradona who also hails from Argentina was a far better player than Messi. Much better. Was still Beckenbauer, Cruyff.

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. He claimed that according to him, Neymar is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"I've been with him in Europe twice".

"I scored more goals than my father".

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