Lionel Messi, Cristiano RonaldoDavid Ramos/Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo leads La Liga in goals, while Lionel Messi has fought injuries this season.

As perhaps the finest player ever to set foot on a pitch, Pele has a great deal of experience behind his opinions on the modern game. When asked to compare Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi -- two other players who may at the end of their careers be in the discussion for Greatest of All Time -- Pele said that Ronaldo currently has the upper hand over Messi. He wasn't exactly putting Messi down, noting his injuries as a major factor for considering Ronaldo to be better, but that might not matter to Messi loyalists. This might also be a case of familiarity breeding something less than contempt -- when asked to choose who he'd rather play with, Pele said Ronaldo, because he considered Messi and himself to be too similar in terms of playing style.

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