For many, Ronaldo outshone Messi last season as he inspired Real to the Spanish title.
But Pele insists: "Messi no doubt (is better). Cristiano Ronaldo is not as decisive, but also is a great player."
Asked to compare Messi with Santos dazzler Neymar, Pele added: "Player versus player, Neymar is more technical than Messi because he has more resources, comes out right, left. Messi is left handed, but has more experience and plays football in a more demanding league."