Originally Posted by Vader13
Pele is full of shit. Comes out with bollocks that Messi isn't great because he hasn't performed at a World Cup - does that mean Davor Suker is better than him? Says Maradona was one footed and had personal problems (no shit) and that means he can't be considered to be the best. Rooney isn't great because he doesn't score more goals, this coming from a man who's career goals came in the Brazilian league, which is probably at a better standard today. I've never seen the fuss about Pele, I doubt that he actually ever scored over a 1000 goals and that it was just fixed to look so either by him or by the Brazilian FA for their golden child; similar to what Romario attempted to do (either that or he includes goals he scored when he was a child). I also find it interesting that I've rarely seen professional players say that Pele is their favourite player and what got them into the sport; Cruyff, Maradona, van Basten, Platini all have been mentioned by top players, even the Brazilian Ronaldo seems to be more highly thought of than Pele in that sense.
Basically, Pele is a moron. Considering that I don't see him as the best ever, he's also an overrated one at that.
He's a moron, but there's isn't as much footage for him as the other players you mentioned. He was playing in the 50's and his peak was probably the 60's.
Even Messi has said he hasn't even seen him play and they're from the same continent.