Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star "one skill"

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But Messi should feel singled out, as Pele didn't spare his countryman Neymar from criticism either, not for his football skills, but for his theatre ones.

"He had bad luck because the team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded", Pele told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo. TO start with Pele was a bit diplomatic saying it's a matter of taste of people as to who likes whom. For me Maradona was one of the best. "To compare with Pelé, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers".

The comments made by Pele are sure to get the tounges rolling but at the end of the day, it is his point of view.

Pele believes Neymar is a better player than his fellow PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, who won the Best Young Player award as France triumphed at Russian Federation 2018.

With the negative press that has surrounded Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar this year, Brazil legend Pele has insisted it is hard to defend the former FC Barcelona attacker.

Both Pele and Maradona have flip-flopped between loving and hating Messi. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better.

After failing to be selected among the top-3 of the Ballon d'Or finalists for the first time in over a decade, Lionel Messi must now contend with a withering assessment of his talents from Pele.

"You will ask me: 'Was Maradona better than Messi?'" he added.

"It is hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does outside of football..."

"Mbappe? We are really similar, isn't it?" Aged only 19, he is considered one of the finest players in the world already.

O Rei also said he is in better health after some surgeries over the past year, but is not yet 100%.

"You mention several names, but from the last 10 or 15 years, I think Messi's been the most consistent player, without doubt".

"I scored more goals than my father".

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