Legendary Footballer Pele Says, I Will Pick Messi Over Ronaldo To Play For My Team

| October 5 , 2018 , 17:35 IST

Brazilian Football legend Pele on Friday revealed that he will pick up Argentina's star striker Lionel Messi over Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo to play for his team.

Speaking to media, FIFA World Cup champion Pele said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018, "If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo".

"Difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. Lot of people compared me with George Best but we had a different style of play. Ronaldo is more of a centre-forward while Messi is more organised," he added.

When Pele was asked how has football changed he replied, "football hasn't changed inside the field. The biggest change has been in the facilities. We didn't have such great facilities."

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On being asked about his name, Pele said, "My father gave me the name after the famous inventor Thomas Edison. When I went to play football, they started calling me 'Pes' - the Portuguese word for feet. In Portuguese when you kick the ball it means "Pes" so they started calling me Pele on the football field and that is how I got my name."

It is learnt that Pele first won the FIFA World Cup title in 1958 and then defended the world title with the Selecao in 1962. He then went on to captain the side which won in 1970.