Football

Pele says that only those three players are considered as superstars

Brazil legend Pele believes there are only three footballers in the world who can consider themselves as ‘superstars’.

The 77-year-old, who the World Cup three times with Brazil, believes only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are the only superstars.

Messi and Ronaldo, between them, have won every Ballon d’Or award since 2008, although many feel Neymar may break that streak.

“Neymar has changed the way he plays with the national team,” Pele told¬†FIFA.com. “He has had to.

“At his club side, he was playing as a left-sided attacker, whereas for Brazil, he plays more centrally, as a more traditional number 10. That’s hard, but he’s managed to adapt his game.

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“If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. There are no other superstars.

“The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position.

“The same is true of Germany, whose emphasis is more on the collective. Before, it was individuals who mattered most, but it’s changed a lot. It’s all very similar these days.”

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