Brazilian soccer terrific Pele, who celebrated 80th birthday on Friday, is still revered in his house nation even if his as soon as unassailable position as the greatest player of perpetuity is now a matter for hot argument.

The Santos, New York City Universe and Brazil striker is the only guy to win the World Cup 3 times and was for decades commonly held to be the best of all time (GOAT).

Nevertheless, the arrival of Diego Maradona in the 1980s challenged Pele’s hegemony and the remarkable exploits of Lionel Messi at Barcelona have actually magnified even more the everlasting argument over who is the GOAT.

The male understood in Brazil as the King traded barbs with Maradona for several years and has actually more just recently sought to soft-pedal Messi’s designs on his crown, stating the Argentine has only one foot and can not head the ball along with he did.

That raised eyebrows in Europe, where Messi has actually won four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles, while scoring 40 objectives or more in each of the last 10 seasons.

The Argentine, and his veteran rival Cristiano Ronaldo, have countless fans supporting them and unlike Pele, who played before television was common, their exploits reach billions across the globe via social networks.

” If you are speaking about the very best player ever, there should not even be a dispute that it is Messi,” BBC presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker said in Might.

” That is just my viewpoint, however it is not even close for me.”

Argentines question Pele’s achievement since he never played in Europe and Brazilians point to Messi’s global record, which is vastly inferior to Pele’s.

While the Brazilian won 3 World Cups, Messi has actually never won a significant title with Argentina, appearing on the losing side in 3 Copa America and one World Cup last.

Brazilians, nevertheless, see Pele as a national treasure and celebrated the man’s 80th birthday with special paper sections, TV specials and an exhibit at the Football Museum.

“He is a living legend, we need to revere our idols while they are still alive and still with us,” said Gabriel Oliveira, a visitor to the exhibition in Sao Paulo.