'Lionel Messi only has one skill!' - Pele rates himself above Barcelona star

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

"If you're playing there, then I hope you can keep enjoying the Premier League because you deserve only the best".

"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?" the 78-year-old said. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better.

Pele won the Ballon d'Or seven times while he was also named FIFA's Player of the Century.

Pele also said fellow Brazilian Neymar is a "better player" than France's World Cup victor, Kylian Mbappe.

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".

"How can you compare?" he told Folha de Sao Paulo.

Mbappe, Neymar's teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting and took home the best young player award.

Proceeding to describe his fellow countryman Neymar as being better than his club-mate and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe, Pele also made note of his admiration Franz Beckenbauer and Johann Cruyff.

"I had some good legs and look how they are now", the former Santos and New York Cosmos player said, Xinhua reported.

Brazilian icon Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or more notably known as Pele, has shed his verdict on the nations current superstar Neymar, who's been criticised for his antics on and off the field despite his incredible ability.

"Sometimes I talk to his father, sometimes I see Neymar for adverts, it's hard to defend him for all the things he's doing in football, and I talked to him", he said, according to Sport.

"I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe everyone speaks more about Mbappe". He had bad luck because the [Brazil] team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded.

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

"God gave you a gift for football".



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