Pele: Ronaldo better than Messi but the future belongs to Neymar


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The Brazil legend believes the Portuguese has
overtaken the Argentine but feels that the
Barcelona starlet will soon be No.1 in the world

Pele says that after
years of Lionel Messi "dominance", Cristiano Ronaldo must now be regarded as the finest footballer on the planet - but added that the
future belongs to Neymar. Barcelona ace Messi won four successive Ballon
d'Or awards between 2009 and 2012 but Real
Madrid superstar Ronaldo has claimed the last
two, sparking fresh debate over who is the
greatest player in the game today. Pele feels that the Portuguese has overtaken
his Argentine rival in recent seasons but says
that Messi's 22-year-old Barca team-mate
Neymar will soon be No.1. "Now, after several years of Messi dominance,
the best is Cristiano," the Santos icon told
L'Uomo Vogue. "The future will smile on Neymar. He can be the
key man at Barcelona and help Brazil to return
to its rightful place in the rankings." Meanwhile, Pele admitted that he can see no
reason why he would not have thrived in the
modern game, despite all of the advancements
and changes football has seen since the 1960s
and 70s. "I'd find myself at ease on the field today," the
former forward stated. "It's not high-tech
footballs that make a footballer, but talent and
dedication." Despite having won three World Cups during his
illustrious career, Pele admitted that he does
have a couple of regrets from his playing days. "Never having partaken in the Olympic games
is one," he added. "And never having played at