And while Messi has lifted the Ballon d'Or a record five times, along with 632 goals and 261 assists in 781 official appearances for club and country, the Brazil icon is seemingly offended by the notion that the Argentine maestro has been compared to him.
Pele won the Ballon d'Or seven times while he was also named FIFA's Player of the Century. Here is what the Brazil legend recently had to say about the five-time Ballon d'Or victor being compared to him.
"How can you compare?"
"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?" "To compare with Pele, it has to be someone who shoots well with the left, shoots well with the right, and scores headers".
Pele, who won three World Cups, has also suggested that a number of other players sit above the 31-year-old in terms of all-time standing. This can be seen as a slight dig at Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who of course has spent his whole career in Spain with Barcelona in La Liga.
"We don't know how tomorrow will be, but I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play in the Premier League", Neymar said in a message for Man City star Benjamin Mendy. We talked and I told him: 'In soccer, God gave you a gift, but what you did is what made it hard.