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Sport 'Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi... but I'm the best': Brazil legend Pele puts the big two in their place by declaring HIMSELF the greatest ever

14:15  25 march  2020
14:15  25 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best player - better than Lionel Messi, according to Pele © Alberto Lingria/Reuters Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's best player - better than Lionel Messi, according to Pele

In the never-ending debate surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the former has support from arguably football's greatest-ever player.

Brazil legend Pele has added his opinion about who is the current world's best between Ronaldo and Messi - with the three-time World Cup winner plumping for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and Messi have been regarded as the world's leading duo for more than a decade - sharing 11 Ballon d'Or awards between them.

a man with a football ball on a field: Pele prefers Ronaldo to Barcelona talisman Messi as he believes the former is 'more consistent' © Provided by Daily Mail Pele prefers Ronaldo to Barcelona talisman Messi as he believes the former is 'more consistent' Pele looking at the camera: Pele was speaking to YouTube channel Pilhado when he gave his opinion on the matter © Provided by Daily Mail Pele was speaking to YouTube channel Pilhado when he gave his opinion on the matter

But despite Messi edging that battle (six titles to five), Pele would rather have Ronaldo in his team.

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Ronaldo or Messi , yout tell us! Vote for our polls! What do you think? Tell us with comment and VOTE!!! Pele says that Cristiano Ronaldo is Pele was invited in a TV SHOW and he made this statement for these two footballers. Two of the best football players ever ? Which one you prefer most?

After Lionel Messi went a full 90 minutes without scoring in the Champions League first leg Despite this, Messi has scored in two Champions League finals, so the ' big stage' argument is often difficult to uphold. ' Better than Pele , better than Maradona and better than anyone else,' said Galliani.

'Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,' he told YouTube channel Pilhado.

'I think he's the best, because he's more consistent, but you can't forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he's not a striker.' 

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Although, the 79-year-old was effusive in his praise of Ronaldo he did point out that there have been some legendary figures before him and Messi. And when comparing the duo to legendary names of yesterday - there was no doubt in his mind who comes out on top... himself. 

'It is a question that is difficult to answer,' he replied when asked who is the best to have played the beautiful game. 'We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

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The Brazil legend also claimed Messi is over-reliant on his left foot and is one-dimensional by saying: 'He only uses one foot, only has one skill and doesn't 'He is the best player in history': Andres Iniesta hits back at Brazil legend Pele 's claim that Lionel Messi 'only shoots with one leg , only has one skill

'And in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff.

Ronaldo and Messi were direct rivals for several years in Spain at Barca and Real Madrid © Provided by Daily Mail Ronaldo and Messi were direct rivals for several years in Spain at Barca and Real Madrid Pele has denied claims he is depressed as he come to terms with his lack of mobility © Provided by Daily Mail Pele has denied claims he is depressed as he come to terms with his lack of mobility

'Now, it's not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.'

Speaking last week about his health, Pele once again denied claims that he is struggling to come to terms with his mobility problems after undergoing a hip operation.

The former Brazil striker's son Edinho told TV Globo last month that his father was 'embarrassed' to leave home due to his hip issues, which causes 'a certain depression'.

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But Pele, widely considered one of the best footballers to ever play the game, has insisted those close to him 'invented that I was depressed' and that, in reality, he is 'fine'.

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'This depression thing, I don't know if they got it wrong because in the last two years I had a bruise, a femur operation and then, when I started training or making a commercial, I had to stop,' he told CNN.

'They started to worry and I really appreciate it, but then they invented that I was depressed. I got here with a walker but, thank God, I only can't ride a bike.

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'Even some of the times when I was hurt, bruised, I did not fail to give an interview and I said that I was sad because I had been injured.

'That is exactly what I am going to talk about now: I would rather have arrived here without a walker, doing a little training, playing ball. But I'm recovering and, thank God, after everything I've done in sports, I'm fine. Thank goodness I'm recovering.'

Pele has suffered from hip trouble for a number of years and now needs a frame to walk. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.

a group of people playing football on a field: Pele, pictured during the 1966 World Cup, was said to be struggling after a hip operation © Provided by Daily Mail Pele, pictured during the 1966 World Cup, was said to be struggling after a hip operation a group of people standing next to luggage: The Brazil legend has suffered from hip trouble but said people 'invented that I was depressed' © Provided by Daily Mail The Brazil legend has suffered from hip trouble but said people 'invented that I was depressed' 'He's pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn't have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation,' Edinho said last month.

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Is it fair to say Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi because he has 2 International titles Pele , with the exception of his international success. Plus Pele was the best player in any of those Still many Brazilians consider him better than Pele - though its on record that Brazil never lost any

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'So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he's the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can't walk properly.

'He's embarrassed, he doesn't want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is very sheepish, reclusive.'

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