Pelé would pick Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo
The Real Madrid forward currently tops the Spanish league's goalscoring charts with 38 strikes and 12 assists, while Messi has netted 34 and set up a further 15.
Pelé insists he does not like to choose between the two when asked to decide who he considers the better player, but, when pushed, feels the Barcelona's Argentine star just edges it. Pelé said: "It's not that I like one of Messi or Cristiano more, when people ask me, I always say that you cannot compare them. Cristiano is a great player, more forward, more of a scorer. Messi is a player who makes goals but also creates chances as a weapon in behind. The two would be very important, but if I had to choose one it would be Messi."