Barcelona Fan Slams Pelé In Brilliant Thread After Brazilian Legend's Criticism Of Lionel Messi

Pelé slammed Lionel Messi recently after claiming that the Barcelona star "only has one skill."

The 78-year-old Brazilian didn't hold back in his criticism of the 31-year-old five-time Ballon d'Or winner, believing that both he and Argentine legend Diego Maradona are better than him.

"How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn't head the ball well?" he told Folha de São Paulo.

"How can you compare? To compare with Pelé, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers.

"As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever. If you ask me, 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was. Much better.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"[Franz] Beckenbauer, [Johan] Cruyff were also excellent players."

As expected, his verdict on the Argentine magician hasn't been received well by everyone.

One Barça fan has produced a brilliant Twitter thread called 'Pelé: the biggest fraud in football history,' with no expenses spared with the detail.

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and check out the thread below.

Agree or disagree with Pelé's criticism?

Let us know in the comments.

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