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24th Feb 2018

Pelé has a controversial way of settling the Messi versus Ronaldo debate

There may be some bias involved here.

Kyle Picknell

A question with no wrong answer… that Pelé gets horribly wrong.

Brazilian football legend Pelé has waded in on the Messi versus Ronaldo debate to help decide, once and for all, who is the better footballer of the two.

It’s a tough question, I’ll give him that. There is no clear cut answer, otherwise it wouldn’t be such a heated debate in the first place. Which ever way you lean, you can definitely back up your argument.

Somehow, in a way that only post-playing career Pelé can, he has given an answer that surely nobody can possibly agree with.

Out of Messi and Ronaldo, once again for those at the back, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, out of those two players Pele thinks…

Pelé thinks…

Neymar is better.


Oh dear.

Speaking to the official FIFA website, where absolutely everyone goes for their football news, Pele said:

“If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. There are no other superstars. The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position.

“[Neymar is] ready. He might find that the tactical switch from his club to the national team isn’t straightforward, but Neymar is Brazil’s key player.

“He has to prepare himself for that. And I would go further: for me, technically, he is already the best player in the world. I’m absolutely sure of that.”

I really don’t want to say I disagree with one of the greatest footballers of all time but I really could not disagree more with one of the greatest footballers of all time.

But then again, I haven’t notched 77 goals for Brazil. I only scored a brace in a friendly.