Brazilian legend Pele believes Zinedine Zidane is a better player than Lionel Messi.
Pele, three times a World Cup winner, has spoken out regularly on Messi's standing in the game in the past, and has previously insisted that Neymar is already better than him.
While some put Messi ahead of Pele as they greatest player to have ever graced a pitch, the 73-year-old says the Barcelona forward isn't even the best of the modern era.
“Individually, I think Zidane was better than Messi. Zidane was amazing and the team-mates he played with were not the same standard as Messi’s; he plays with Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona,” he said at a promotional event.
He did appear to try and make amends later on by revealing he would vote for Messi to win the Ballon d'Or ahead of favourite and rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I would vote for Messi because of his technique,” he added.
Another Brazilian also put the boot into Messi, with Rivellino insisting his Barcelona team-mate Neymar is already a better player despite only moving to the Nou Camp this summer.
"In my opinion, Neymar is technically better than Messi. There’s no way you can compare Messi to Maradona. He fitted perfectly into a team where everything worked. This year another player will win [the Ballon d'Or]”