Who is the greatest player to have ever played the game?
There are plenty of names that are mentioned when that question is asked, including a certain Pele.
So, who better to give their own opinion on the best player of all-time than the Brazilian himself.
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Today’s generation look to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when naming the greatest of all-time but as a 75-year-old, Pele has seen some legendary players grace the sport.
Pele, who scored 77 goals in 91 matches for Brazil, named six of best players that, like himself, have been touted as the greatest player of all-time.
"First there was [Alfredo] Di Stefano, then [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, Bobby Charlton, Maradona and now there is Messi.
But there’s only one winner out of those names, according to Pele.
“Leo is the one I like the most - he's the most complete.”
It’s hard to argue with Pele’s selection of Lionel Messi as the greatest player of all-time. The Argentinian has won five Ballon d’Ors in his career and has helped his side win eight La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys and four Champions League trophies.
Ballon d'Or domination
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or award for the previous eight seasons with Kaka the last different player to have picked up the trophy in 2007.
The pair were joined this year by Barcelona’s Neymar in the top-three and Pele thinks that this trio are the best players in the world right now.
"Messi is my favourite player, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are also good. They have different styles in football which has changed,” he said.
The domestic season is over for Messi and Neymar but Ronaldo is gearing up for the Champions League final this week where his Real Madrid side take on Atletico Madrid.
Pele is supporting Real
While Pele couldn’t predict who would win, he admitted that he wants Zinedine Zidane’s team to triumph due to their more attacking style.
"Football is full of surprises and it's hard to say who will win,” he said.
"I'm sad to see how winning has become more important than the beauty of the game. I prefer Real at the moment because they have a more open way of playing, less defensive and more artistic.
"It's important that you play well. I always prefer a 3-3 or a 5-5 draw to a 0-0. Football is poetry, fantasy. It's not true that 0-0 is the perfect result."