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Anyone who compares Messi to Pele doesn't know history -Brazil coach

By Mutala Yakubu
Messi and Pele
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Brazil manager Tite has insisted you can’t compare Argentina star Lionel Messi to Pele.

Messi and Tite were embroiled in a spat in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil last week as the Barcelona forward ordered his rival to ‘shut his mouth’ and also made a ‘shush’ gesture.

And now Tite has made his opinions on who is better out of Pele and Messi perfectly clear.

‘Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete… do you know what I do? I hear but I don’t listen,’ he said.

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‘It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality… this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary.

‘I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian. You can’t find a defect.

‘If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility.’