Brazilian legend and three times world cup winner Pele launched a scathing attack on Lionel Messi accusing him of being a one skill player and being too reliant on his left foot.Messi’s stunning goal scoring prowess,together with his mesmerising playing style and incredible number of accolades earned him G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) status but despite winning Ballon d’Or award five times,joint most by a single player,Pele is still not convinced the Argentine deserves to be classed in same bracket as him.The former Santos and New York Cosmos player told Folha de Sao Paulo, “how can you make comparison between a guy who heads the ball well,shoots with his left,shoots with his right and another who only shoots with one leg and only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?”
“How can you compare? To compare with Pele,it has to be someone who shoots well with the left,shoots well with the right and scores headers” added Pele.
While placing himself above Messi in all-time pecking order,he also suggested Messi’s compatriot Diego Maradona is much better player than Barcelona and Argentina’s all time top goal scorer.
“As far as I am concerned Maradona was one of the best players ever,if you ask me ‘was he better than Messi?’ Yes he was better.Beckenbauer,Cruyff were also excellent players”
The 78-year old seem to have a haze memory,Messi scored a header in the 2009 Uefa Champions League final against Manchester United and recently scored a well connected ball with his right during the world cup group stages penultimate game against Nigeria.The Blaugrana forward also boast a record for player who scored a hattrick with his weaker foot in the Champions League (against APOEL)