Kolkata | Brazil’s footballing icon Pele today refused to be dragged into world football governing body FIFA saying he would not comment anything about crisis regarding suspension of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini.
Addressing the mediapersons three times World Cup winner Pele was first asked in a written question what his comment regarding ongoing crisis and controversy over the bribery cases in FIFA and also suspension of Blatter and Platini.
Both FIFA chief and UEFA chief have been provisionally banned for 90 days from any football-related activity in a ruling that throws world football into total meltdown. FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke has also been banned for 90 days meaning the three most powerful men in world football are now all provisionally suspended while investigations by FIFA’s ethics committee continue. The ban will effectively end outgoing FIFA president Blatter’s ambitions to stay on until February, while UEFA president Platini’s hopes of succeeding him lie in tatters.
Pele arrived here yesterday on a three-day trip before going to New Delhi to watch Subrata Cup football final for school boys, answering a separate question said Argentine striker Lionel Messi is currently best footballer in
I have been watching Messi for past ten years and at present he is the best striker in the world, Pele said whist comparing skill and technique of Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian striker Neimer.
The septuagenarian footballing ambassador who helped his country Brazil to win World cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970, said Messi not only scores but also he prepares and helped the side to score and win.
Pele also refused to single out the best player and coach in the world during his time and successive generations.
He said it would not not fair to identify one and leave others. During my time Dede, Vava, Garincha and later Zico, and then Ronaldo and currently Neimer all have had contributed very much for improvement of football in Brazil, Pele added.
He also sinlged out any greatest coach and said during his time Mario Zagalo was outstanding coach.
Regarding present status of Brazil’s football Pele said his country still produced top ranking players but the problem was that they mostly play in Europe so the country misses a team.
Unless the players can not play together for long time it will be ‘ very difficult to win the major trophy in the world, Pele added.
Earlier Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata’s owners Sourav Ganguly, Sanjiv Goenka, Harsh Neotia and Utsav Parekh in their signed ATK t-shirt presented to Pele, who would watch ATK versus Kerala Blaster match tomorrow at Salt Lake Stadium.
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