Lionel Messi & Pele.

Piers Morgan's controversial tweet on Pele's criticism of Lionel Messi

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Brazilian legend Pele has certainly caused a bit of a stir in the footballing world with his latest comments on Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Pele has always been adamant that he is the greatest footballer of all time, but his swipe at the Argentine international really does seem petty at best.

When asked if he thinks Messi has surpassed him, the Brazilian told Olha de Sao Paulo, per Mirror: "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?"

If we're judging players on that notion, then surely Diego Maradona falls into the same category? A real bizarre analogy from a footballing legend.

The fact Messi has redefined the game using primarily his left foot and body feints while possessing a smaller stature is surely testament to his true greatness.

And the often-controversial Piers Morgan has slammed Pele on Twitter for his comments, but his post has attracted a lot of attention from football fans.


Morgan wrote: "You’ve had too much Viagra mate @Pele - you weren’t good enough to get in Arsenal’s Invincibles, let alone rival Messi."

Maybe a tad too far there, Piers.

The reaction to his claim was rather mixed. Here are a selection of the best tweets.


When it comes to comparing Pele and Messi, a huge factor will always be the World Cup.

The Brazilian lifted three in 1958, 1962 and 1970, while Messi has failed to win one, losing in the 2014 final to Germany.

However, many would argue that La Liga and the Champions League are superior competitions now, where Messi has excelled.

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