Pele says Zinedine Zidane was a better player than Lionel Messi when he was at his peak, but he did acknowledge he would vote for the Barcelona star ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or.
Zidane lifted the World Cup and European Championship with France during his playing days as well as the Champions League and then the Ballon d'Or with Real Madrid. Messi has been widely heralded as arguably the greatest player of all time having won the Ballon d'Or a record four times, but Brazil legend Pele does not share that same point of view.
He told reporters: "Individually, I think Zidane was better than Messi. Zidane was amazing and the teammates he played with were not the same standard as Messi’s; he plays with Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona."
The Argentina international is again expected to be among the front-runners to lift the game's most prestigious individual prize, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery his closest rivals for the crown. And Pele said he would vote for Messi ahead of the aforementioned duo.
"I would vote for Messi because of his technique," Pele said.