Andres Iniesta Brilliantly Responds To Pele's Criticism Of Lionel Messi
Pele is feeling the wrath of Barcelona following his bizarre criticism of Lionel Messi.
The 78-year-old launched a verbal tirade on Messi.
"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?" The former Santos forward told Folha de Sao Paulo, via The Mirror.
"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"
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"How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers," he added.
Current players - like Jordi Alba - immediately refuted Pele's claim by defending their esteemed club teammate.
And one of his former colleagues has now weighed in. Enter; Andres Iniesta.
The Barcelona legend showed his support for Messi by calling him the 'best player in history'.
"I do not want to answer what Pele said," the Vissel Kobe midfielder said.
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"But he [Messi] is the best player in history, he's got all the records: headers, skills, right-footed shots, left-footed shots - I have not seen anyone do what he does and every year he exceeds my expectations."
He also talked about Messi scandalously coming in fifth in the Ballon d'Or voting.
"[Being] fifth [in the Ballon d'Or voting] is not an insult, but for me he is the best. It would be bad to say that it was unfair for [Luka] Modric to win, he had a great season."
Alba issued a pretty strong response, too.
"Pele must not be able to see very well if he says what he says about Leo," the Barcelona left-back said, as per Sport.
"It seems like a lie that someone in the world of football could speak like that."