Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi but I am the greatest, says Pele
Brazil legend Pele has weighed in on the Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi debate, but believes neither star compares to him.
The 79-year-old, who won three World Cups and scored 1281 career goals - many of which, however, were not registered officially - is widely considered the greatest footballer of all time.
Between them, Messi and Ronaldo have won 11 of the last 12 editions of the Ballon d'Or - six for Messi and five for Ronaldo.
Despite the Barcelona forward edging his Portuguese counterpart in that battle, Pele thinks Ronaldo is currently superior.
"Right now I think Cristiano Ronaldo is the most consistent player out there, but you can't forget about Messi," he told YouTube channel Pilhado.
Pele's achievements have long been measured alongside another former great, Diego Maradona, but he did not feature in the Brazilian's list of the all-time best players.
Asked he if was better than Ronaldo and Messi, Pele said: "That's a tough question to answer. I've been asked many times.
"We mustn't forget Zico and Ronaldinho. People always talk about European players like (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Johan) Cruyff.
"It's not my fault, but I think I was better than all of them.
"There will only be one Pele. There won't be anyone else like me."
so upon Pele dey 79yrs get mouth like this
Life of a Brazilian
during his football era he was the best buh nah probably he can stay in Top3
sha he won 3WC probably with that 1,281 goals buh 700 goals where register so maybe that what makes him consider himself as the greatest player of all time
what baffles me he didnt even pay tribute to Maradona by mentioning his name
Ronaldinho is the Greatest Magician to ever played the game
CR7 is better than LM10
ORORO - World goat
pele is d greatest of all GOAT
So u can't say u are better than them
Ronaldo and Messi are the two greatest footballers that have ever graced this earth
I rest my case😎😎😎
Messi is the best, period!!!!!
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