“Messi better than Pele? To get there he needs to score more than 1283 goals,”
“Neymar has great talent. I hope Neymar doesn’t end up like Messi, who plays so well for his club but does nothing for his country.”
Putting aside that Pele’s goal total is very dubious, unlike Maradona, Messi doesn’t really care about this greatest of all time business. He just wants to play and win. (Pele was never particularly liked by his teammates.) Pele is doing his legacy no favors. Although he will be always be at the front of the Greatest Ever debate, he is simultaneously making himself into something of a worldwide joke.
All the old legends should learn from Eusebio. Behave with dignity while you play. Exit with dignity afterwards. Maintain dignity always.
Update: Looks like the most recent famous Santos alum needed to get in on the raging jealousy act. Robhino is so delightfully saying, “Another Pele will not be born.” Hide the green eyes, Robinho, but don’t worry. The way that Neymar dives, he’ll just be another you.