Brazilian legend Pele reckons it’s foolish to compare Lionel Messi with both himself and Diego Maradona as he only has “one skill”
The Argentine striker has starred for years at Barcelona with a record 567 goals and 222 assists in 653 appearances in all competitions.
Some regard Messi as the world’s greatest ever player due to his incredible dribbling skills and velocity that has seen him beat numerous defences time and time again.
The 31-year-old even became the first ever player to win five Ballon d’Ors and recently broke a Champions League record for the most goals for one club in the competition.
But, as far as Pele is concerned, Messi is too reliant on his left foot and has little else to offer in terms of skill as a footballer.
“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?” Pele told Folha de Sao Paulo.
“How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers.”
Pele also regards Argentina legend Maradona on a higher level than Messi, while also acknowledging other greats in the game.
“As far as I’m concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever,” said Pele.
“If you ask me, ‘Was he better than Messi?’ Yes, he was. Much better.
“[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players.”