Maradona better than Messi, says Pele

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Maradona better than Messi, says Pele

Thursday, 06 December 2018 | IANS | Rio de Janeiro

Maradona better than Messi, says Pele

Argentine legend Diego Maradona was a better footballer than the country's modern-day idol Lionel Messi, according to Pele.

Barcelona forward Messi -- a five-time winner of the Balon d'Or, awarded to the world's best player -- is not even rated in the top three of football's greatest players by the 78-year-old Brazilian.

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever," Pele said on Wednesday in an interview with the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper. 

"If you ask me, 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better. They're also excellent players."

Pele and Maradona have not always seen eye to eye, but Pele said the pair now enjoy a "perfect" relationship.

The only man to win the World Cup three times, Pele is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time.

In recent years he has suffered a series of health problems, but said he is now feeling 100 per cent.

"I don't feel any more pain, but I feel some weakness. I had some good legs and look how they are now," the former Santos and New York Cosmos player said, Xinhua reported.

Pele also revealed that he spoke to compatriot Neymar about the Paris Saint-Germain forward's penchant going to ground when tackled.

"It's difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does beyond playing football. I talked with him, I told him that in soccer, he's got it. He had bad luck because the team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded," Pele said.

"I was with him twice in Europe. We talked and I told him: 'In soccer, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it difficult." 

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