The ex-Brazil international, who famously won the World Cup on three occasions during his career, said that while Ronaldo is a great goalscorer, Messi is the more complete player.
"From our point of view on football, Messi is the more complete one. He creates [opportunities] and scores goals," Pele told reporters. "Cristiano is [like] our [late] Vava or our Ronaldo.”
These latest comments, however, appear to contradict what the 73-year-old had said about the two La Liga stars at the end of January. Back then Pele insisted that, while Messi had been the better player, Ronaldo had overtaken the Argentina international over the last calendar year, resulting in him picking up the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career.
"Ronaldo has come through for the past two or three years and is the best in Europe,” the Brazilian icon commented. “I think at the moment no doubt Ronaldo is the best player, but until now Messi was the best."
So, like many others, it seems Pele has trouble deciding which of the world’s two best players is the best. Both score a ridiculous number of goals every season, although it’s Messi - who is two years younger than Ronaldo - who has won the more Ballon d’Or awards.
The 26-year-old won the prestigious individual accolade in consecutive years between 2009 and 2012, before Ronaldo wrestled it back off him earlier this year.