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

Pele blasts Messi, calls Barcelona star

Maradona better than Messi, Neymar 'difficult to defend': Pele

Barcelona forward Messi - a five-time victor of the Balon d'Or, awarded to the world's best player - is not even rated in the top three of football's greatest players by the 78-year-old Brazilian.

He also added that he cannot be compared with all-round players like himself, who could score using both feet as well as his head.

He has stated that the victor of Ballon d'Or for five times, Lionel Messi's ability to head the ball implies that he isn't as the same standard as he had been in his pomp.

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.

He continued: "How can you compare?"

Three-time World Cup victor Pele had a talk to his fellow Santos product about his actions, which he found tough to reconcile.

O Rei also said he is in better health after some surgeries over the past year, but is not yet 100%.

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Brazil superstar Neymar came under fire for his on-field theatrics at the World Cup, where the Selecao were beaten in the quarter-finals by Belgium.

Pele suggested that the 31-year-old is one-dimensional and too reliant on his left foot to be compared to other iconic figures at the top of the football game.

"It is hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does outside of football..."

Pelé even praised Diego Maradona,"You will ask me", the Brazilian said, "was [Maradona] better than Messi?"

"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players". "I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability".

"I don't feel any more pain, but I feel some weakness".

"God gave you a gift for football".

"I've been with him in Europe twice".

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