Pele picks Messi ahead of Ronaldo as world's most complete player

Pele picks Messi ahead of Ronaldo as world's most complete player

- Pele has rated Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Ronaldo in what looks to have finally cleared dust on the greatest debate

- The Brazilian legend submitted that the Argentine forward is the most complete player on the planet

- Pele also admitted that Neymar has not reached the greatest level, though he is an excellent player

Brazilian legend and three-time World Cup winner, Pele, has finally settled the old debate surrounding the greatest footballer discussion between Cristiano Ronaldo and his long-time rival Lionel Messi.

Brazil legend was rating the current football poster-boys - Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar - on performances and interestingly he chose the Barcelona ace as the most complete player he would have preferred to play with.

"I think of Leo Messi," he told Gazzetta dello Sport when asked who he would most like to play alongside.

"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! Today, Messi is the most complete player," the 79-year-old said added.

Messi and Ronaldo have both dominated the football stage for over one decade, breaking records and amassing awards include five pairs of Ballon D'or gongs to their names each.

Neymar, on the other hand, has been tipped as the potential image of the game after the Argentine star and Portuguese forward.

He joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013 and switched side to French giants Paris-Saint-German in 2017 in search of glory after a mega world-record transfer.

And the Selecao legend, who is also widely considered the greatest football star the world has ever seen, also admitted Neymar has not become a legend while lamenting perceived lack of true stars in football.

"Eusebio, Simoes, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, 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" the football legend said.

He, however, submitted that "technically, he (Neymar) is an excellent player."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's Champions League exploit has been revealed as a central motivation that led former club president Joan Laporta to declare a reward of lifetime salaries for players who won European title with the club.

The Argentine international, at 32, has become a cult figure in the club with his impressive record of messianic performance for the Catalans summing up a debate that crowns him arguably the greatest footballer the world has ever seen.

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