24 January 2012

Pelé puts at the same level to his Santos and current Barça

The Brazilian historical footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento 'Pelé' current Barcelona compared with Santos of the years sixty that he had been able to dominate the world in similar" circumstances.

"There was a time, fifteen or twenty years ago, which was more defensive. But the technique remains the same. We talk of Barca now, but we remember less than Santos-sixties, it was a fantastic team that would able to dominate the world in similar circumstances, "said the Brazilian in an interview published today in the French magazine " France Football".

Pelé, who likened himself to the music of Beethoven or Michelangelo's painting did not come, however, in direct comparison with Lionel Messi, Barcelona player reference. "It is always difficult. I have a lot respect for him, as he had by Cruyff , Beckenbauer , Platini ... But each has its own personality. However, there will be a new Pelé. My parents broke the mold after my birth, "the triple world champion. He would not even make comparisons between the Argentine and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid because they have "different styles". "Messi is a fantastic player. It's a real joy to see him on the lawn. Is it the greatest? do not know. In the same way I do not know if it can be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has the same style, "he added.

Pelé (three Corações, 1940), recalled that Messi can not play with the Albiceleste with the same fluidity with the club and said that Argentina will need in the national team is "fit, to create a solidarity , a group "as happened to him in the Brazil team of 1970.

The Brazilian Messi said recently that 1283 should match the Brazilian goals and winning three World Cup attributes so that they could make comparisons between them .

Asked about the evolution of football since retiring from the pitch in 1977 when I joined the New York Cosmos, Pelé said the sport has become "more physical, faster" but is still important to "move ball ", as did Brazil in the seventies or Germany who runs Joachim Löw. (via MD)