Tite has dismissed Lionel Messi’s credentials as the greatest footballer of all time after insisting comparisons between him and Brazil legend Pele have “no credibility.”
The Brazil coach and Messi exchanged words in Friday’s game against Argentina, with Tite claiming the Barcelona forward told him to shut up during the friendly defeat in Riyadh.
He said: “Pelé is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pelé to any other athlete…do you know what I do? I hear but I don`t listen.
“It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality… this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary.
“I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian. You can’t find a defect.
“If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility.”