Brazilian footballing legend Pele has commented on Lionel Messi's extraordinary form with his club, but expressed his doubts with respect to Messi's performances with the Albiceleste.
"Messi is a great player," said Pele in comments reported by Marca. "He is playing marvellously at Barcelona, but when he plays with his national team he does not do as well, perhaps because Argentina do not have the same sort of team as Barcelona, where he has been playing for quite some time."
Pele also gave brief comments about Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who he spoke of being a "marvellous figure". Of the players from his home country, Pele highlighted Manchester City's Santos loan star Robinho, who "has improved a lot and has the opportunity to be one of the greatest players at the World Cup".
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