One skill, one leg, can't head - Pele's damning assessment of Messi

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

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.

Messi was let down by the fact that he didn't feature in the latter stages of the Champions League and World Cup.

When asked by Folha de Sao Paulo if he agrees with some people's opinion that Messi is the best player in history, Pele said the forward only has "one skill".

He pointed out that to effectively compare with his own professional achievements, one would have "to shoot well with the left, shoot well with the right, and score headers".

"How can you compare?"

He also stated that Maradona was "much better" than Messi to continue his astonishing attack on the Barcelona captain. "Much better. [Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players".

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Mbappe, Neymar's teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, finished fourth in the Ballon d'Or voting and took home the best young player award.

Pele's comments are particularly weird given that he's praised Messi in the past and said he was the best player "in the past 10 years" when asked in 2015.

The 78-year-old has always been considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, and thus his words naturally carry great weight in the footballing world.

Brazilian icon Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or more notably known as Pele, has shed his verdict on the nations current superstar Neymar, who's been criticised for his antics on and off the field despite his incredible ability.

"It's hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does outside of soccer". "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it".

The 31-year-old has scored 41 goals and supplied 20 assists in 45 matches across all competitions in 2018, giving him more goal involvements than any other player in Europe's top five leagues. We talked and I told him: "'In football, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard'".

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