PELÉ | NEYMAR
Pelé leaves Neymar out of Santos’ top three
The Brazilian, who considers himself “the number one”, says he would go with Vasconcelos and Coutinho.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’ thinks that Neymar is an excellent footballer, but he wouldn’t include him in his list of the three best footballers in the history of Santos. Pelé, not known for his modesty, says he himself is the greatest player the club has ever had and that he thinks “it’s a bit of an exaggeration to say that Neymar is the second best in the club’s history”, in an interview with UOL Esporte published today.
The ex-Brazil star didn’t say where he would place Neymar in the list of the all time Santos greats, but that he wouldn’t make the top three. “We had Válter Vasconcelos, a great player and also Antonio Wilson Vieira “Coutinho”, said Pelé about two of the players who played at Santos in the 50s and 60s, when Pelé was at the club.
According to Pelé, one of the main differences between those players and Neymar is the media exposure that exists today. “That was a different time. There is so much more coverage now than in my era”, said the player. Pelé, now 72, is considered by many, himself included, as the best ever in the history of football.