Pele: Neymar is better than Messi

by Mystical Mike

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Brazil great Pele has labelled compatriot Neymar a far more complete player than Lionel Messi.

The Barcelona man is almost unanimously regarded as the finest talent in the game today but Pele is of the opinion that the diminutive Argentine is not as rounded as Santos striker Neymar.

“Making an individual comparison, I think Neymar is much better, more complete: [he] hits well with both feet, can dribble off either side, and scores goals,” the three-time World Cup winner is quoted as saying by Globoesporte.

“Messi is very good, but much depends on where he plays. He is doing very well in Barcelona, but [with] the Argentina team, which is not yet fully formed, he has difficulties. Neymar plays well for both Santos and the national team.”

When queried on whether Neymar, who could go head to head with Messi during the upcoming Club World Cup, might be more talented than even he, Pele admitted that it is a topic worthy of debate.

However, the iconic No.10 suggested that there is no player, including Neymar, capable of surpassing his achievements on the football field.

“Better than me? [Neymar] He might be. [But] the same as Pele? Nobody could be.”

Pele was speaking at a ceremony during which it was confirmed that he will perform in an ambassadorial role for former club Santos during their centenary celebrations next year.

Source Messi Uk

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  • Dan

    Pele has some serious issues with Messi. I’m not sure what they are but he’s serious worried that the little man will take his crown of the greatest ever footballer with years to spare!

  • shaun

    Better than me? [Neymar] He might be. [But] the same as Pele? Nobody could be.”
    The conclusion of the above Pele’s logical inference is that Neymar might be better than him but not better than Pele’!!!
    I think Pele’ has contained Schizofrenia( and it all Messi’s fault!) becuase we have heard him referring to himself as third person which is why he has distinguished between himself and Pele’:One of the two personaliteis (himself) might be above Neymar but the other personality (Pele’) is definitely above Neymar!!!!!!!

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