Messi not as good as Brazil`s Neymar: Pele

Updated: Apr 12, 2012, 10:26 AM IST

Sao Paulo: Pele says Lionel Messi isn`t the best player in the world today - much less of all time.

Pele said Wednesday that young Brazilian striker Neymar is better than the Argentina forward, and reiterated that he doesn`t think Messi belongs in the conversation about who is the best player ever.

That debate has long centered around Pele and Diego Maradona, but many have started including Messi after a series of outstanding performances with Barcelona.

Pele, however, said at an event celebrating the centennial of Neymar`s club Santos that "there`s always this Maradona comparison, saying that he`s better than Pele. Now some are saying that Messi is better than Pele. Well, he has to be better than Neymar first, which he isn`t yet. He has more experience.``

The 20-year-old Neymar is seen as Brazil`s greatest player at the moment.

Bureau Report