Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport per SportStar, the 79-year-old said, “I think of Leo Messi. He is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well. If we were in the team together, the opponents should worry about two players, not just one!”
On being asked about whether Messi is the complete player, Pele added, “Today, Messi is the most complete player.”
Pele Reveals Who He Thinks Is The World’s Most Complete Player In Football
The 79-year-old said speaking Gazzetta dello Sport
“I think of Leo Messi.
“He is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well.
“Today, Messi is the most complete player.” pic.twitter.com/AXn8kAgZyK
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But the former New York Cosmos man criticised the lesser number of world class players in the modern era.
He said as he concluded, “Once, you found two or three in every country with a great football culture. Eusebio, (Antonio) Simoes, (Johan) Cruyff, (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Diego) Maradona, Garrincha, Didi. How many did I say? There were so many. Today we have two or three in all. Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, I would say Neymar, who in Brazil has not yet managed to become a great figure.”