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Brazil head coach Tite has claimed that Lionel Messi cannot be compared with three-time World Cup winner and football legend Pele.
In an interview with Goal, Tite said:
“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. 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.”
Both Messi and Tite were lately involved in an incident during Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil where Messi told him to “shut up.”