"Messi has only one skill", claims Brazil legend

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Cape Town - Brazilian legend Pele says Lionel Messi "can't compare" to him as a player while blasting the Barcelona attacker for being one dimensional.

Pele reckons five-time Balon d'Or victor and arguably the greatest footballer to ever walk this planet, Lionel Messi, "only has one skill".

"He had bad luck because the team didn't win the World Cup and he was branded", Pele told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

He continued: "How can you compare?"

The World cup victor revealed earlier today that the Barcelona forward can not be regarded as the greatest player of all the because he only shoots with his left foot and cannot score headed goal very well.

Nevertheless, this was only good enough to give him a fifth-place finish in this week's Ballon d'Or vote, as Real Madrid's Luka Modric walked off with the main prize - the first time since 2006 Messi has not attained a podium place at the prestigious gala.

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Pele may not be Messi's biggest fan, but there is no questioning his achievements since bursting onto the scene at Barca.

During the interview, he was asked whether he agreed with opinions of modern-day legends Xavi and Iniesta, who claim Messi is the best player in the world, to which he replied with a brutal remark, pointing out that the superstar only possesses a single skill and can't score headers.

"It's hard to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football", Pele added. Global honours have proved elusive, though, having suffered final heartache at the World Cup and Copa America. "Much better. [Franz] Beckenbauer, [John] Cruyff were also excellent players". "I talked to him, I told him that in football, he's got it".

"I scored more goals than my father".

But when Pele was again asked to compare between him and Messi, he said how can people compare him with Messi.

"I was with him in Europe".

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