Pele: Neymar more like Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo

Apr 07, 2018, 12:42 IST | IANS

Brazil football legend Pele has said Neymar is more like Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo for his ability to both set up and score goals

Pele
Pele

Brazil football legend Pele has said Neymar is more like Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo for his ability to both set up and score goals. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football's top individual honours over the past decade, winning five FIFA world player of the year awards apiece.

Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros last August, is widely regarded as the pair's heir apparent, having been voted the world's third best player in two of the past three seasons.

"Neymar has been compared with Cristiano Ronaldo. I've said several times, told friends, in Europe, given interviews... Cristiano Ronaldo is an excellent player, he could be like our Vava, our Coutinho, the finisher," Pele told ESPN on Friday, referring to the Brazil team that won the 1962 World Cup, Xinhua reported.

"Neymar is really more of a Messi-style, one who constructs the play, but scores the goal also." In a wide-ranging interview, Pele recalled his playing days with Santos and said he was grateful for the friends he made in football, both in Brazil and abroad.

"I made a lot of friends with people from many countries because Santos traveled a lot," the three-time World Cup winner said. "Every year we went to Europe, Africa, Asia. It's a club that, and I say it full of pride, promoted Brazil all over the world. And opened the doors of the world for me too."

Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

Trending Video

We bet you didn't know these fun facts about Sunil Gavaskar