World best footballer: Pires names player better than Ronaldo, others

Robert Pires, Arsenal

Arsenal legend, Robert Pires, said that Lionel
Messi has the edge over Cristiano Ronaldo,
Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane.
Brazilian football legend, Pele, had last week
sensationally slammed Messi, describing him
as one-footed player who could not head the
ball.
Pele had said, “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?”
But Pires, who played nearly 200 games for
Arsenal, refuted Pele’s bold claims.
Speaking about the game against Espanyol last
weekend, where Messi scored two free kicks,
Pires hailed his performance as ‘incredible’.
“If he plays like he did against Espanyol, it is
impossible to stop him,” Pires told Mundo
Deportivo.
“It was incredible.
“I have played with [Zinedine] Zidane, Henry
and [Juan Roman] Riquelme, and against
Ronaldinho and Cristiano [Ronaldo], but
Messi has something that nobody else has.
“I don’t know if he is the best in history, but
there are few where he is.

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