Peleis one of the most well-known football players on the planet, and together with the likes of Diego Maradona, established himself as a legend in the game.
The five-time Ballon d'Or victor does not have the all-round game that he and Maradona once possessed, according to the Brazilian.
But Messi's decade at the pinnacle of the game, alongside generational great Cristiano Ronaldo, have seen more and more observers applying the all-time great tag to the 31-year-old Argentinian.
"How can you compare?"
"How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right. and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill, doesn't head the ball well?" he said in an interview with Folha de S.Paulo.
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Fellow Argentine Maradona is considered to be one of the best ever, while iconic figures from Germany and the Netherlands are also held in the highest regard.
He then went on to say that for him, Maradona is a lot better than Messi: "As far as I'm concerned, Maradona was one of the best players ever". We talked and I told him: 'In soccer, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard.
While Pele may not be Messi's biggest fan, there is no questioning his achievements since bursting onto the scene at Barca.
Messi has also won five Golden Balls, nine La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns and three Club World Cups.