To me, Pele is the best, says Pele
Brazilian football legend Pele claims his record as a player is unrivalled compared to anyone else`s in the history of the game.
London: Brazilian football legend Pele claims his record as a player is unrivalled compared to anyone else`s in the history of the game and insists no-one has yet matched his own success.
In an interview to a TV channel, in which he continually refers to himself in the third person, Pele said: "For me, Pele is the best. Nobody has done more than Pele".
"Being champion of the world at 17 years old, won three World Cups, scored more than 1,208 goals - only him! Then until now, nobody did this... to me, Pele is the best," he added.
The 70-year-old also had a dig at modern-day footballers, saying that they were not in the same class as stars from the past.
"You can mention players that played for 10 years, for example (Franz) Beckenbauer, (Michel) Platini, (Eric) Cantona, Bobby Charlton, George Best, then come (Diego) Maradona, Zico," the Telegraph quoted Pele, as saying.
"Those players used to play a long time. Now the players they play one year, two years, then disappear," he added.