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The 70-year-old believes that he is still the greatest player of all time, pointing out his success by winning three World Cups and scoring over 1,200 career goals

Legendary striker Pele believes he is still the greatest footballer of all time, despite the emergence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Santos player scored an amazing 1,281 goals in 1363 career appearances spanning over 23 years.

Pele won his first World Cup with Brazil in 1958 at the tender age of 17, and went on to win the tournament a further two times with the South American nation.

In recent years, Messi and Ronaldo have lit up the footballing world with their talent on the pitch but Pele believes neither are a patch on himself.

"For me Pele is the best. Nobody has done more than Pele. He's the only player to be World Champion at 17, winning three World Cups and score over 1,208 goals," the former player told American reporters during an event to mark the return of the New York Cosmos to MLS.

Pele is currently serving as the honorary president for the revived New York Cosmos, a club he played for between 1975-77 at the end of his magical career.

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