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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jan 31, 2014

Pele: Ronaldo now better than Messi

Brazil's Pele shares his thoughts on the teams that pose the biggest threat to the hosts in the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil legend Pele has told ESPN FC that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Lionel Messi to become the best player in the world.

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Ronaldo has had a stellar year with 69 goals in 59 games and won the Ballon d’Or earlier this month, beating Messi and Franck Ribery to the prize. 

The Portuguese has netted 14 more goals than Messi in La Liga so far this season, and tops the charts with 22, while he has also won over the man widely considered to be the greatest player of all-time.

"I think, no doubt, two years ago the player that was in very, very good condition was Messi," Pele told the ESPN FC TV show. "In five years he became the best player in Europe, but in the last two years, and this year, he had a problem:  he got injured, he was out this year and he has played few games.

"Ronaldo has come through for the past two or three years and is the best in Europe. I think at the moment no doubt Ronaldo is the best player, but until now Messi was the best."

The thought of playing with either player excites Pele, but when asked who he would rather have as a hypothetical teammate at his former club Santos, the Brazilian also chose Ronaldo as he deemed himself too similar in style to Messi.

"Messi used to do the same thing as I used to do at Santos: to come from behind," he added. "Ronaldo used to play more upfront, so I think for me Ronaldo is more important because he is the player who scores goals from the front.

"I would have to compete with Messi because we have the same game and do the same [on the field]. I think Ronaldo, for Santos [in Pele’s time], would be better."

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