Pele Blasts Lionel Messi, Calls The Barcelona Star ‘One Direction’
Brazil legend, Pele, has slammed Lionel Messi as having one skill and says he was a better player than the Barcelona superstar.
The 78-year-old also criticized Messi for being one-footed.
While speaking with Folha de Sao Paulo, Pele stated that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s inability to head the ball, means he was a better player.
“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?
“How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers” he said.
Messi finished fifth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or awards held on Monday, behind players like Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoino Greizmann.