Diego Maradona insists he is still a better footballer than Pele and Lionel Messi
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Former Argentina international Diego Maradona has reignited his years-long feud with fellow great Pele, saying the Brazil legend speaks rubbish 'when he takes the wrong pills'.
Maradona and Pele have long been regarded the two greatest players in football history but Maradona has always insisted he is a finer player than his Brazilian counterpart.
"I think I'm the best player ever," said Maradona. "Why would you compare me to Pele? My mother said that I'm stronger and that he used to play with players who didn't even move on the pitch.
"I don't like comparisons with Pele because of the stupid things he says. He keeps on saying stupid stuff when he takes the wrong pills."
Maradona also claimed he is a finer player than Argentina's current pin-up, Lionel Messi, who has won the past four Ballon d'Or awards for the world's best footballer.
Messi was below his best in two recent big games - Barcelona's 2-0 loss to AC Milan in the Champions League, and their 3-1 loss to arch rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night.
"Messi? He hardly touched the ball against AC Milan, but he remains a great player," Maradona said. "However, I still see myself as the better player."
Pointedly, Messi's great rival Cristiano Ronaldo does not even rate a mention in Maradona's debate.