Pele: When Barcelona's Messi has scored 1,283 goals and won 3 World Cups, then we will talk


The 71-year-old is an admirer of the Argentine sensation but insisted that the Barca star and three-time Ballon d'Or winner is still far away from equaling his achievements.


Brazil legend Pele has praised Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but noted that the Argentine still has a long way to go to be as successful as he was.

The Argentina international became the second player in the history of the Ballon d'Or to win the prestigious award three times in a row when he lifted the title earlier this month in Zurich.

Pele acknowledged that he is a fan of Messi, but stressed that the diminutive Argentine faces a hard task to equal him.

"Technically speaking, we are practically at the same level," Pele told Le Monde. "We have both received a gift from God.

"Records are made to be broken, but it will be hard to break mine. When Messi has scored 1,283 goals and won three World Cups, then we will talk.

"People ask me all the time when there will be a new Pele. I tell them: 'Never'. My parents shut down the factory."

Well, what you guys think of this?


Zap McBlowfist said...

hahaha what a legend

inb4 pele couldn't cope in the modern game....

BragonDorn said...

I agree with Zap. Truly a legend :)

Astaroth said...

He's a legend and I can't think of anyone who truly equals him in skill at the moment, but I'm sure sooner or later we'll get another crazy player with enough skill to have a similar impact.

Electric Addict said...

he looks like a celebrity

SammyK said...

Pele is right. But Messi looks like he has a decent career ahead of him, so who knows what he will achieve.... give him some more time

Leon Kennedy said...

He's earned the right to speak his mind about the game

Dreadnaught said...

Lol zap got it right


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