Messi Vs Pele: Brazilian coach Tite claims that Lionel Messi’s comparison to Pele holds no credibility, a few days after a rift between both.
Brazilian coach Tite has once again hit out at Lionel Messi after claiming that Lionel Messi comparison against Brazil’s great Pele. This statement comes a few days after Messi had a war of words with Tite in Brazil Vs Argentina match at King Saud stadium.
Per Goal’s Brendan McLoughlin, the coach spoke on Tuesday—the 50th anniversary of Pele’s 1,000th career goal—and dismissed the notion that Barcelona and Argentina star Messi could be considered football’s greatest player ahead of his compatriot.
“Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete…do you know what I do? I hear but I don’t listen. It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality…this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary. Tite said.
“I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns, and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian. You can’t find a defect.
“If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility,” he concluded.
Tite was also critical of Messi during the Copa America tournament this summer, where the Argentine International accused biased refereeing in the semi-final match.
On the other hand, Messi has embarked his name as one of the best players to ever grace the game, his staggering stats certainly make his contest valid for being the greatest of all time.
In a 21-year career, Pele racked up 1,281 (a stat which is still disputed) goals for club and country, which included 77 strikes in 91 appearances for Brazil which made him win 3 world cups. Meanwhile, Messi is yet to win an international trophy with Argentina.