The two are always a topic of discussion, with some feeling that the Barcelona star is the best in the world, while some others opt for the Real Madrid man. Messi has more Ballon d’Or trophies and club trophies, but Ronaldo had a fantastic year, winning the Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal, outscoring Messi overall. Ronaldo is expected to win the Ballon d’Or early next year. So who is Pele’s choice?
Per Sport, it’s Messi.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a great goalscorer, but Messi is the best,” Pele said.
“You mention several names, but from the last 10 or 15 years, I think Messi’s been the most consistent player, without a doubt.
“In terms of being a complete player, there’s no doubt that Messi is the best.”