Pele has declared Cristiano Ronaldo the best player in the world ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Ronaldo and Messi have long been regarded the two greatest players in the game, with the football world split on who is the best. Three-time World Cup winner and Brazil legend Pele was asked who he felt was the world’s premier player and snubbed his fellow South American for his direct rival.
‘Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ he told YouTube channel Pilhado. ‘I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.’ The attacking duo share eleven Ballon d’Or awards between them, with Messi claiming the accolade last year and Ronaldo finishing in third behind Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. While Pele might be Team Ronaldo, the 79-year-old still believes he is the best to ever play the game.
‘It is a question that is difficult to answer,’ Pele said when asked to name the best ever. ‘We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. ‘And in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff. ‘Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.’
While the debate about who is the best player in the world rages on, Messi and Ronaldo are on lockdown are their respective clubs. Coronavirus has forced football to be suspended across the world and Ronaldo is self-isolating in Madeira in Portugal after a number of Juventus players tested positive for coronavirus. It was confirmed Paulo Dybala had contracted the virus this week, becoming the third Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus, alongside Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. While Ronaldo is making efforts to support Portuguese hospitals during the pandemic, Messi has dominated €1million towards the fight to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.