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You Can’t Compare Messi to Pele – Tite

You Can't Compare Messi to Pele-Tite
Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, gestures during a press conference at Volkswagen plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Nelson ALMEIDA

The Brazil coach and Messi exchanged words in Friday’s game against Argentina, with Tite claiming the Barcelona forward told him to shut up during the friendly defeat in Riyadh.  

Tite has dismissed Lionel Messi’s credentials as the greatest footballer of all time after insisting comparisons between him and “phenomenal” Brazil legend Pele have “no credibility.” 

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil legend Pele scoring his 1,000th goal and, speaking ahead of his side’s clash against South Korea in Abu Dhabi the same day, Tite says three-time World Cup winner Pele remains out in front when it comes to the question of whether he or Messi is best player to ever play the game.

He said: “Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete…do you know what I do? I hear but I don`t listen.