Pele is arguably regarded as one of the best players in the history of football and he was put in a rather tricky situation when he was asked to pick the better footballer between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pele was not the one to shy from making a rather debatable statement as he unlike many others did not go the diplomatic route and praised both players without picking the obvious winner.
However, Pele sounded his reasons and explained why he thinks Messi is a better footballer than Ronaldo, depends on which player you support next 3-4 paras can cause conflicting emotions, read on.
Pele said: “Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Pele, Zico, Junior … All over the world now there are only two players. And Neymar, right? Our Brazilian is getting there,” he explained.
“I would still stay with Messi. Scoring is important, no doubt, but if you do not have anyone to prepare, then the ball is not enough. For my team I prefer Messi.
“As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a great goalscorer.
“Ronaldo’s been able to score goals, while you see Messi creating goals and directing the play, as well as scoring.”
“Ronaldo’s a great goalscorer but in terms of the complete player, there’s no doubt that Messi is the best.”
Ronaldo vs Messi / Messi vs Ronaldo debate has been fueling millions of arguments in last decade or so as these two global stars have been scoring goals and winning trophies season after season.
Ever since Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid it almost feels like the El Clasico (Real Madrid vs Barcelona) rivalry has taken a back seat to this Messi vs Ronaldo battle. Both have enjoyed enormous success on and off the pitch in recent years and it would almost be an injustice to either of them if anyone picks one player and leave out the other despite giving a sound explanation like Pele did.
However, if you come to consider the current form Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to affect games for Real Madrid and has seen his goal scoring touch elude him for a number of weeks now. The onus is on Ronaldo to get back in the race and compete Messi to be rightfully called the best player in the world or else, Messi could walk away with all the honors this season.