‘Today Messi Is The Most Complete Player’ – Pele
Brazilian legend, Pele considers Lionel Messi to be the most complete player in the world at the moment.
The Greatest of all time says Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi would be his pick as his ideal playing partner, with the Argentina International thought in most quarters to be the most complete player of the modern era.
The five-time Balon D’Or winner who’s currently on the books at Barcelona has cemented a spot amongst the all-time greats.
For a host of others, the Argentine is already ahead of compatriot Diego Maradona and Pele as far as the discussion of the greatest of all time is concerned.
Pele insists that his South American is his pick of those currently starring on a global stage, with that selection making him the ideal strike partner.
When asked by Gazzetta dello Sport to name from one player he would have loved to play alongside, the footballing legend said:
“I think Leo Messi.
“He is a skilled player, gives assists, passes, scores, dribbles well.
“If we were in a team together, the opponents would have to worry about two players, not just one!
“Today Messi is the most complete player.”
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Pele admits that the Argentine isn’t the only footballing star of the modern era. However, he is of the opinion that there are not as many truly world-class talents in the modern era like it was in the past.
“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 total.
“Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, I would say Neymar, who in Brazil has not yet managed to become a great figure.”