Messi vs. Pele: Who is the GOAT?

(News4usonline) – Lionel Messi and Pele are equally the best footballers of all time. Both Messi and Pele made it to the Top 10 of making the most goals in a calendar year. Messi is a lot like seeing Pele in his prime. Messi’s prime as the greatest soccer star of his generation was around the late 2000s and later part of the decade after 2010 because Messi was breaking all kinds of records.

Pele won three World Cups as a soccer player. He won the coveted World Cup crown in 1958, 1962, and 1970. Messi has also won a World Cup title.

Lionel Messi (Inter-Miami) in action against LAFC. Photo credit: LAFC

Messi’s World Cup championship came in 2022. However, he fell short of beating Germany in 2014 in overtime. Messi also appeared in two other World Cup finals. Pele appeared in four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970). That’s more than any footballer.

Pele made it to the Top 10 when it comes to most goals. He earned that distinction in 1958 with 75 goals and 72 goals in 1965.

Messi broke the record of scoring 91 goals in 2012. That’s a new world record for Messi. That’s more goals than Pele and other footballers. Pele made it to the Top 10 in goals in one year times and Messi made it one time with the most goals of all time.

Pele started his career playing with FC Santos, a Brazilian soccer team. Pele in his prime was mostly around when he played with FC Santos.

Pele broke a lot of records when he played with FC Santos. With FC Santos, Pele won Campeonato Brasileiro Série A,Copa Libertadores, Intercontinental Cup, Intercontinental Supercup, Campeonato Paulista, Torneio Rio-São Paulo.

Even though Pele never played in Europe, he is considered one of its greatest players.

When it comes to attaining major hardware, Pele has a total of 26 such honors, including being a six-time Brazilian champion. Messi has a total of 44 trophies in his whole career. That’s a new world record.

Pele is one of the most respected names in the soccer world. Back in 2019, when Messi won his 6th Ballon d’Or, he was closer to equaling Pele’s record. Messi is more of a playmaker who controls the game’s pace and scores more on his left foot.

Pele had the ability to wrestle past the defenders.

Before Major League Soccer (MLS), Pele came to the United States to play for the New York Cosmos in 1975. In his final two seasons with the Cosmos, Pele scored 37 goals before he retired.

When Pele played with the Cosmos, he helped the team win the NASL Soccer Bowl and NASL Atlantic Conference Championship in 1977. Pele was also the soccer’s first global icon and best black athlete.

Pele was getting lots of calls from different big European teams after winning the World Cup. Pele was very close to signing with the Spanish team Real Madrid and then Italy’s team Napoli but decided to reject the offer.

Pele, considered the greatest soccer player of all-time. Photo by Javier rRojas/PRENSA INTERNACIONAL
Pele, considered the greatest soccer player of all-time. Photo by Javier rRojas/PRENSA INTERNACIONAL

Pele didn’t regret playing in Europe because he was very happy with FC Santos Pele did not play in Europe because of a bill that was passed by the Brazilian government.

With the Cosmos, Pele helped lead a traveling soccer carnival across the United States. Both Messi and Pele are the top scorers in their countries. An honor that Pele would have gotten but did not receive is the annual Ballon d’Or, started by France Football in 1956. Only European football players were eligible for the honor when Pele played. Those rules changed in 1995.

As a result of the change, Pele did pick up an honorary Ballon d’Or. Pele was breaking a lot of records with FC Santos and the Brazil national team when he played and would have probably won many Ballon d’Or awards. If he was eligible, Pele might have won as many as six to 10 of those trophies since he was the unquestioned best footballer at that time.

Messi has won seven Ballon d’Or and will probably win another one before he retires. Maybe Pele would have more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi if they gave the Ballon d’Or to Pele.

Pele has a total of 1, 283 goals in 1,367 appearances as a soccer phenom, according to the National Soccer Hall of Fame and International Football Hall of Fame. He scored 77 goals in 92 matches for the Brazilian National Team in international competitions.

According to Olympics.com, Pele scored 680 goals in official matches. Messi has 1,094 appearances and 845 goals in his career. At 17, Pele won his first World Cup, making him the youngest player to achieve that feat.

When Pele retired from soccer at the Giants Stadium on October 1, 1977, thousands of people showed up to see him one last time, Since Messi debuted with Inter Miami, he hasn’t lost a game. Messi has won the League Cup and is expected to do the same with the U.S. Open Cup.