Pele believes Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi isn't close to matching his own feats in the game. For many, Messi is the greatest of all time, but Pele begs otherwise.

"People like to compare him with me, but they seem to have forgotten Cruyff, Platini or Di Stefano, who were much better than Messi," said Pele.

Pele also said that in today's football, players' cycles passed very quickly, and cited the Brazilians Ronaldinho and Kaka, who once were the best in the world but have already been overtaken by Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

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