"He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out".
"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever", Pele, a three-time World Cup victor with Brazil, said to Folha de Sao Paulo.
With football personalities getting drawn into the GOAT debate regarding Messi once again, I think it's safe to say that Lineker's tweet isn't the last we're going to see of this saga.
"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players".
Pele won the Ballon d'Or seven times while he was also named FIFA's Player of the Century.
He pointed out that to effectively compare with his own professional achievements, one would have "to shoot well with the left, shoot well with the right, and score headers".
It's no secret that Messi favours his left foot but Pele need only cast his mind back to the World Cup, where the Argentinian forward scored a brilliant goal against Nigeria with his weaker right.
"How can you compare?"
Regularly presented with questions regarding the world's greatest ever player, the Brazilian legend Pele has somewhat spectacularly claimed that the limited Messi can't reasonably be compared with his fellow Argentine Diego Maradona, nor with Pele himself.
Pele's comments are particularly weird given that he's praised Messi in the past and said he was the best player "in the past 10 years" when asked in 2015.
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.
"Neymar is ready. The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position".