Brazilian legend Pele picks Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in his team

first_imgFootball legend Pele did not agree to the comparisons drawn between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but picked the Barcelona star to be in his team, if a selection has to be made.Pele, a three-time FIFA World Cup winner, has often been compared with Argentinian great Diego Maradona and Manchester United’s George Best but he also quashed those comparisons.Pele felt that owing to the different styles, it is difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo just as it is for Geroge Best and him.”Difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. Lot of people compared me with George Best but we had different style of play. Ronaldo is more of a centre forward while Messi is more organised,” Pele said in New Delhi on Friday.Also read – Neymar more like Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo, feels Pele”If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo.”For Pele, Garrincha, Didi and Falcao are the greatest Brazilian footballers he has played with but it was actually Zico and Socrates who he said he would “buy a ticket to go and watch”.Zico and Socrates were part of the Brazilian team that played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, one that is widely regarded as the best Brazil team to not have lifted the World Cup trophy.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo not the greatest. I am: Diego Maradona to India Today”Zico, Socrates are the players I would buy a ticket to go and watch,” Pele said.advertisementOn being asked how football has changed over the years, Pele said, “Football hasn’t changed inside the field. The biggest change has been in the facilities. We didn’t have such great facilities.”Pele is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all times. There are some who consider Maradona as the greatest but it is Pele, who has developed the ‘beautiful game’.Also read – Messi is not to blame for Argentina not being world champions: MaradonaPele first won the FIFA World Cup in the year 1958 when he was only 16 years old. Four years later, he went on to defend the title and kept the trophy in Brazil.In 1970, Pele captained the Brazilian team and won his third and last World Cup trophy.Pele first visited India in 1977 and played against Mohun Bagan for New York Cosmos, when he was still an active footballer. The match had ended in a 2-2 draw.last_img

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