The three-time World Cup winner says admires the Argentina captain greatly and believes that he is of a similar class to himself, Diego Maradona and Alfredo Di StefanoBrazil icon Pele says that Lionel Messi is a "fantastic" player, though he claims to have had better hair than the Argentina icon.
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And Pele joked that the Albiceleste captain is set back by his hairstyle before admitting that the 27-year-old is in a similar class to himself, Maradona and Alfredo Di Stefano.
"No, I had better hair," he told reporters. "He's a fantastic player, I admire him, the same I used to admire Maradona and Di Stefano was an excellent player too. It's good for football but unfortunately we have very little this year."
The 73-year-old was asked what was behind Brazil's 7-1 semi-final humiliation to Germany but the three-time World Cup winner was at a loss to explain the remarkable match.
"No-one expected it," he remarked. "Since the beginning of the World Cup I said Germany could be one of the teams who could be in the final - unfortunately I also said Spain but the Spanish are out, though Germany are still there."