Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star "one skill"

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The 78-year-old, Pele is regarded as the greatest player of all time apart from Diego Maradona.

He has said that the player, who heads the ball in a good manner, shoots with the right, and shoots with the left can not be compared to the one who just shoots with one leg. TO start with Pele was a bit diplomatic saying it's a matter of taste of people as to who likes whom. We talked and I told him: "'In football, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard'".

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever", Pele said on Wednesday in an interview with the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

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He also compared the five times Ballon D'or victor with his Argentina counterpart, Diego Maradona, and concluded that Maradona was a better footballer. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better.

Pele, meanwhile, said no one should try to compare him with Messi, suggesting their skillset was completely different.

Messi has recorded an impressive 567 club goals and 221 assists in 653 appearances and an additional 65 goals and 40 assists in 128 matches for Argentina.

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Nevertheless, this was only good enough to give him a fifth-place finish in this week's Ballon d'Or vote, as Real Madrid's Luka Modric walked off with the main prize - the first time since 2006 Messi has not attained a podium place at the prestigious gala.

The Samba star has never been shy of giving his opinion on all things football, but it is unlikely that his latest musings will be well received by anyone outside of his homeland.

And the often-controversial Piers Morgan has slammed Pele on Twitter for his comments, but his post has attracted a lot of attention from football fans. "As I mentioned, I think today there's no doubt the best player, the best scorer and the best forward is Cristiano Ronaldo". Global honours have proved elusive, though, having suffered final heartache at the World Cup and Copa America.

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"I scored more goals than my father".