The unending debate concerning who the greatest player is between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi has been given a new twist by legendary Brazilian player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known widely as Pelé.
Giving his verdict, Pele claims the Portuguese legend is ahead of Messi because he’s more complete of the two but quickly added that he was better than the two of them- meaning he is the greatest of all time.
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‘Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ he told YouTube channel Pilhado.
‘I think he’s the best because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.’
Pele also paid tribute to other legendary players who have delighted footballs fans across the globe.
‘It is a question that is difficult to answer,’ he replied when asked who is the best to have played the beautiful game. ‘We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.
‘And in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff.
‘Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.’
Speaking last week about his health, Pele once again denied claims that he is struggling to come to terms with his mobility problems after undergoing a hip operation.