There has been a debate among fans for years about who is the best player in the history of football. Lothar Matthaeus believes that the title of the greatest belongs to Pele. It has one leading argument.
Over the years, we have been able to observe many excellent players on the world’s playing fields. Which of them was the best? Lothar Matthaeus expressed his opinion on this matter.
The former German international believes that Leo Messi did not deserve to be called number one. Although the Argentine has been honored with the Golden Ball seven times, he has never managed to lead the Argentine team to a triumph in the world championship.
– This is a tough question because football has changed a lot over the years. How can we compare Pele, who played 40-50 years ago, with the players who play today? Matthaeus admitted.
– Perhaps in the last 10-15 years, Leo Messi has been the best. In my time, Diego Maradona was number one. There were other players too: Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Gary Lineker, maybe even me – He said.
– Before my time, Pele was the best. We have had many great players over the years. Cristiano Ronaldo played great, now there is Robert Lewandowski. Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Eusebio – there were so many great players – he enumerated.
– I have listed so many players and each of them made football interesting. When we talk about it solely on the basis of numbers, Pele has been world champion three times. Messi never won this tournament, and Maradona never won. This means if I only have to say one name, I will say: Pele – finished.