clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pelé takes a dig at Messi: “He only has one skill”

The Brazilian legend says there’s no comparison between him and Messi

Electronic Arts Debuts New Games At E3 Conference Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Brazilian icon Pelé has taken a swipe at Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. In an interview with Folha de S.Paulo, Pelé was asked what he thought of those who said Messi was the best ever. First, he was diplomatic, calling it a “matter of taste.” But he questioned the comparison, asking, “how can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right... and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill, doesn’t head the ball well?”

He continued: “How can you compare? To compare with Pelé, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers.”

Pelé even went so far as to praise his frequent rival, Diego Maradona, to contrast with Messi. “You will ask me,” the Brazilian said, “was [Maradona] better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”

Though he never has accepted Messi as a better player than himself, Pelé took a more charitable tone in 2015. “In my opinion, in the last 10 years,” he said then, “the best player in the world was Messi, no doubt.”

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Barca Blaugranes Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Barca news from Barca Blaugranes