Well, Brazilian Legend Pele has finally weighed in on the debate on who is a better player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Brazilian legend who is not shy when airing his opinion hailed both global superstars but said he’d prefer having a Cristiano Ronaldo in his team as he is currently the best player in the world. He also criticized the fact that no other player has stepped up to challenge these guys in the last few years.
“At the moment the best player in the world is Ronaldo,” said Pele.”I admire him, if I had to set up a national team he would be my first pick.But in the meantime I feel sorry because today and the last five years, you just mention two big stars. Some years ago, you had a lot of players.”You have Bale and Neymar, but they are not enough. You used to have two or three players in one team who were stars. Now there are that many in the world. It’s a shame. The game deserves more great players.”
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But the three-time World Cup winner refused to draw comparisons between himself, Maradona, Messi and Ronaldo, insisting their styles of play are all different.”Maradona, myself, it’s a little bit different than him,” he said. “Cristiano is higher up the pitch, more central, more direct, more for scoring. But what is important is he is a player who decides the game. He is a player who scores goals. That’s the same.
“But we cannot compare Pele and Maradona with Cristiano because we were players who came from behind. We played deeper. He plays in front. He’s more like [the Brazilian] Ronaldo. This you can compare.It’s the same with Messi. They are two players with completely different styles. Messi is playing more from midfield, he is an excellent player and passer. But Ronaldo is more forward, the No 9, the striker. He has a different style to Messi.”