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Pele: I have edge over Messi

SoccerNews in La Liga 20 Jan 2012

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Brazil legend Pele has praised Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but noted that the 24-year-old still has a long way to catch the football legend.

Argentina international Messi became the second player in the history of the Ballon d’Or to win the prestigious award three times in a row when he lifted the title earlier this month in Zurich.

Pele acknowledged that he is a fan of Messi, but stressed that the diminutive attacker faces a hard task to equal him.

“Technically speaking, we are practically at the same level,” Pele told Le Monde. “We have both received a gift from God.”

“Records are made to be broken, but it will be hard to break mine. When Messi has scored 1,283 goals and won three World Cups, then we will talk.”

“People ask me all the time when there will be a new Pele. I tell them: ‘Never’. My parents shut down the factory.”

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Onks Mbangs
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Players n former players r all in competition with Messi bt i’v never heard hm sayn he is competing with making n breakin records….wat i allways hear frm Messi is wen he says he wants 2 win trophies with Argentina

Brad
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I doubt Messi will win 3 WC trophies in his lifetime. Sure, Pele technically only won 2, but he was on the squad for the winning side in ’62. And as for the goal record. . . Messi will at least get close to 1,284 goals almost without a doubt, but it’ll probably take more than 1,363 matches for him to do it.

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yenovarty

pele sure sounds like sour grape.What a shame i have lost all respect for him.Mr Pele im so happy to here that the factory is closed cuz soccer world dont need egoistic sick people like e,u are not even worthy to tie Messis shoelaces

russ ru
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russ ru

@ brad so TECHNICALLY ronaldo only won one world cup. He was in e squad in ’94… Messi will be better than maradona but pele is king! Of that there is no doubt…

Mikel musenga
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Mikel musenga

I pref messi i the world best playe dat why his not bosting im self.

peleng
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peleng

As pele still live, his mouth will never close to say about his victory……he so different if compare to other legend

Brad
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There are people who are humble, Mikel, but they also know when they’re better than others just by looking at facts that are right there in our faces. If there’s anyone who sounds like sour grapes, it’s that narcissist drug abuser (even if he’s now sober, he’s still got the history, whilst Pele does not) we call Diego Maradona. Unless you’ve forgotten the time when he told us all to s–k it, along with some other incidents. If Messi were truly going to be better than Pele, than he would’ve already won both of the WCs he’s played in, not… Read more »
cloud
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cloud
The trademark of a good player is to win the world cup and to be instrumental in winning the world cup is a mark of a GREAT player. Pele technically won 2 world cups, he basically was the single player responsible for those wins. I can never respect Messi due to the fact that he’s still in barcelona, let him transfer to another club and let’s see if he can perform the same. Pele stayed in Santos all his life coz he’s loyal to them, he’s not a mercenary. For me the statement of Pele is not being a sour… Read more »
Brad
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Exactly cloud, though you forgot that Pele also gave enough thought to the game to, shall we say, “spread the gospel” in the Home of the Free and the Land of the “soccer”phobic with the New York Cosmos, and he did it the hard way and STILL managed to regularly attract 77,000+ fans for home matches. The only way Messi, or any one else for that matter, can do that in summer times is with massive advertisements, something Pele had to work without.

Bacon
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I’m not going to make a decision on who’s better, as I’ve only seen a handful of clips of Pele. Messi certainly is the best player i’ve had the privilege to watch, but as Pele says, his records speak for them selves. The comparison, I think, is difficult, if Messi plays his entire career in Brazil i have no doubt he would score more goals then he currently does. Lets face it, its a far weaker league than La Liga. Plus the Brazilian teams that Pele played in are held as some of the best teams in footballing history, so… Read more »
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