Lineker responds to Pele’s statement saying Messi has only one skill

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He added: "As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever".

Brazilian icon Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or more notably known as Pele, has shed his verdict on the nations current superstar Neymar, who's been criticised for his antics on and off the field despite his incredible ability. We talked and I explained: 'The God of football gave you the gift.

Proceeding to describe his fellow countryman Neymar as being better than his club-mate and World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe, Pele also made note of his admiration Franz Beckenbauer and Johann Cruyff.

Pele won the Ballon d'Or seven times while he was also named FIFA's Player of the Century.

Pele, though, has suggested that the 31-year-old is one-dimensional and too reliant on his left foot to be compared to other iconic figures at the top of the world game.

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

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He continued: "How can you compare?"

The Samba star has never been shy of giving his opinion on all things football, but it is unlikely that his latest musings will be well received by anyone outside of his homeland.

He has stated that the victor of Ballon d'Or for five times, Lionel Messi's ability to head the ball implies that he isn't as the same standard as he had been in his pomp.

But Messi should feel singled out, as Pele didn't spare his countryman Neymar from criticism either, not for his football skills, but for his theatre ones.

In the interview, he also talked about his health and told Folha that he had three surgeries over the last few years.

Pele is impressed but thinks his compatriot Neymar is a superior player, "People compare me with Mbappe and there are similarities, right? I don't feel any more pain, I feel more weakness".