Tite dismissed comparisons between the extraordinary Lionel Messi and the phenomenal Pele.
There is no doubt in his mind of the ability of each player, but you quite simply can’t compare one player to the other.
In fact, Tite, questions the integrity of anyone who wishes to make any assumptions on that front.
There has been some talk of a rift between Tite and Messi, after an apparent exchange of words at the recent game between Brazil and Argentina in Saudi Arabia.
Tite insists that him being from Brazil has nothing to do with it.
Statistically, Messi has a better record domestically, but over the span of a career and including internationals, Pele comes out on top.
Pele won three world cups, Messi has won none.
Pele scored 1282 goals in 1363 games.
Messi has 682 goals in 836 games to date.
In an interview reported by Goal, Tite suggests there is no comparison so it needs to stop.
“Pele is incomparable.”
“Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete…do you know what I do?”
“I hear but I don’t listen.”
“It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality… this guy was phenomenal.”
“Once I said that Messi is extraordinary.”
“I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity.”
“Pele is out of normal patterns and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian.”
“You can’t find a defect.”
“If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility.”
There is apparently no love lost between the two players either.
Pelé > Messi (according to Pelé) pic.twitter.com/QRuZySuRX7
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 6, 2018