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Maradona better than Messi, says Pele

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

Argentine legend was a better than the country's modern-day idol Messi, according to

forward -- a five-time winner of the Balon d'Or, awarded to the world's best -- is not even rated in the top three of football's greatest players by the 78-year-old Brazilian.

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever," said on Wednesday in an interview with newspaper.

"If you ask me, 'Was he better than ' Yes, he was. Much better. (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Johan) Cruyff are also better. They're also excellent players."

and Maradona have not always seen eye to eye, but Pele said the pair now enjoy a "perfect" relationship.

The only man to win three times, Pele is widely regarded as the best of all time.

In recent years he has suffered a series of health problems, but said he is now feeling 100 per cent.

"I don't feel any more pain, but I feel some weakness. I had some good legs and look how they are now," the former and New said, reported.

Pele also revealed that he spoke to compatriot Neymar about the Paris Saint-Germain forward's penchant going to ground when tackled.

"It's difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does beyond playing I talked with him, I told him that in soccer, he's got it. He had bad luck because the team didn't win and he was branded," Pele said.

"I was with him twice in We talked and I told him: 'In soccer, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it difficult."



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 07:08 IST