Brazil football legend Pele may have come out as a fan of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the past, but he’s now offended that many consider the Argentine the greatest player of all time.
Pele is widely thought of as one of football’s best players ever, along with Argentine Diego Maradona.
But in more recent times, Messi has been hailed by many as the greatest of all time – a situation Pele doesn’t find amusing.
Asked how he feels about the Blaugrana talisman holding that status recently, the 78-year-old claimed that no player with “one skill” should be compared to him.
“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, doesn’t head the ball well?” he said in an interview with Folha de S.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.”
To buttress his point, the 3-time World Cup winner even went as far as bringing Maradona into the conversation.
“You will ask me: ‘Was Maradona better than Messi?'” he added.
“Yes, by a lot. Much better.”
Well…there’s one angry Pele!
Wonder if Messi respond to the claim.