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Wed Apr 23 21:40:31 SAST 2014

Messi not as good as Neymar, says Pele

Sapa-AP | 12 April, 2012 08:511 Comments
Soccer legend Pele holds a book during a ceremony in Santos to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Brazilian club Santos, April 9, 2012
Image by: Nacho Doce / REUTERS

Pele says Lionel Messi isn’t the best player in the world today - much less of all time.

Pele said on Wednesday that young Brazilian striker Neymar is better than the Argentina forward, and reiterated once again that he doesn’t think Messi belongs in the conversation about who is the best player ever.

That debate has long centered around Pele and Diego Maradona, but many have started including Messi after a series of outstanding performances with Barcelona.

Pele, however, said at an event celebrating the centennial of Neymar’s club Santos that “there’s always this Maradona comparison, saying that he’s better than Pele. Now some are saying that Messi is better than Pele. Well, he has to be better than Neymar first, which he isn’t yet. He has more experience.” 

The 20-year-old Neymar is seen as Brazil’s greatest player at the moment.

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I think, with all due respect, Pele is really getting old and he should leave the debate about who is better than who to the current generation. only in dream land is Neymar better than Messi. In fact, Barca (with Messi scoring twice) beat Neymar's team 4-1 or so during the club world cup competition late last year.
Whether Pele agrees or not, Messi is the greatest footballer of this generation, the best period!