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Roldo is the best at the moment: Pele

Rio de Janeiro, June 14 : Brazilian football legend Pele believes Portuguese forward Cristiano Roldo is the No.1 player in the world right now but feels sorry that there are just two big mes in football at present.

“At the moment the best player in the world is Roldo. I admire him, if I had to set up a tiol team he would be my first pick.

But in the meantime I feel sorry because today and the last five years, you just mention two big stars (Roldo and Lionel Messi). Some years ago, you had a lot of players,” Pele was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Monday.

The three-time World Cup winner said the lack of superstars in global football is not good for the game.

“George Best, Bobby Moore, Jairzinho, Bobby Charlton, Pele, Zico, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Zidane, Marado. Now you say Cristiano Roldo and Messi – Cristiano Roldo and Messi. It’s not too good for football,” he said.

He however, did not wish to compare himself to Diego Marado or Cristiano Roldo due to the difference in era but more importantly due to their different roles.

“Marado, myself, it’s a little bit different than him,” Pele said.

“Cristiano is higher up the pitch, more central, more direct, more for scoring. But what is important is he is a player who decides the game. He is a player who scores goals. That’s the same.”

“But we can not compare Pele and Marado with Cristiano because we were players who came from behind. We played deeper. He plays in front.” IANS

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