Messi and Pelé at the Ballon d'Or Gala in 2011 / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Brazilian football legend Pelé has spoken out in praise of FC Barcelona after the club won a historic second consecutive league and cup double. “If I could choose what team to play for right now it would have to be Barça” he said at the presentation of the new movie Pelé: Birth of a Legend. “It’s because the players have such fun together. A player might be very good, but he needs the support of his team-mates, and the ones at Barça are the ones I like the most.”

O Rei also reckons that “Messi is the greatest player of them all. He’s my favourite player. Messi’s style is very different to that of Cristiano. Neymar Jr is another of the most talented players that they have, but each player is different.”

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