The Argentina legend says that his compatriot tops the Santos star and labelled suggestions saying otherwise as 'stupid'
Pele admitted on Tuesday that Messi is a great player, but stressed that the diminutive attacker is still ranked below the Santos prodigy.
"My God, that is just stupid," Maradona said. "Maybe Neymar is the best player in the world, but only if you say that Messi is from a different planet."
Both players were present at the Fifa Ballon d'Or Gala in January, with Messi scooping the award for the best player of 2011, while Neymar received the Fifa Puskas Award for the best goal of the year.