One trick Messi not the GOAT - Pele

Pele, 78, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have played the game with an incredible record of 1281 goals in 1363 games throughout his illustrious career that spanned over two decades.

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While the legendary forward never played in Europe, his international accolades remain unparalleled to date - as the only player to have won three FIFA World Cups: 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Pele also remains the all-time leading goalscorer for his national team with 77 goals in 92 caps.

And while Messi has lifted the Ballon d'Or a record five times, along with 632 goals and 261 assists in 781 official appearances for club and country, the Brazil icon is seemingly offended by the notion that the Argentine maestro has been compared to him.

"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 and doesn’t head the ball well?" Pele told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

"How can you compare? To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers."