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Soccer Legend Gary Lineker

Ronaldo Is GREATER

Than Pele Ever Was

8/5/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Gary Lineker is a soccer legend -- he's even been enshrined in England's Football Hall of Fame -- which is why it's a little shocking that someone with his experience and soccer knowledge believes Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Pele.

Lineker -- who's now a popular soccer analyst -- was leaving STK this weekend when we asked how Ronaldo's career compares to Pele's.

"Ronaldo is Ronaldo," Lineker told us ... "He's better than Pele."

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Just a quick stat comparison:

Pele -- 614 club goals in 18 years (and that's not even counting his time on the NY Cosmos).
Ronaldo -- 233 club goals in 12 years

Pele -- 3 World Cup titles
Ronaldo -- none.

There's no doubting Ronaldo's an incredible talent. But better than Pele? Really?

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53 COMMENTS

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1.

FlamingoNut    

Lineker obviously got hit in the head one to many times.

451 days ago
2.

josh    

Messi better than both.

451 days ago
3.

MEA73    

Just what I was saying to my husband this morning, there is no one!, ever! like Pelè.

451 days ago
4.

s    

George Best was the best. Even Pele admitted that.

451 days ago
5.

TT    

Personally I think Messi is better than Ronaldo, the few matches I seen both of them on field Messi seems to outshine Ronaldo.

451 days ago
6.

Miguel    

You know there is Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Ronaldo (Brazil who won 2 world cups) maybe Gary Lineker was thinking of the Brazilian Ronaldo who won 2 ballon d'or.

451 days ago
7.

Débora Lisboa    

Oi, Sou brasileira e me chamo Débora,
Pelé é incrivel, nao existe no mundo jogador igual a ele, temos orgulho dele ter representado nosso país e ter feito história!

451 days ago
8.

Daniel    

Pele played for Santos and NYcosmos, i dont think either of them were in the top 100 teams in the world. Ronaldo played for man u and real Madrid both team probably in the top 10

451 days ago
9.

Lia    

OMG...this is so funny...not in his wildest dreams Ronaldo would be better than Pelé, in fact hes not better than Maradona, Zico, Romário, Ronaldo Nazario, Messi and many others.

451 days ago
10.

JrzGrl    

Wow, this guy just lost all credibility.

451 days ago
11.

Mikey    

Soccer blows.


golpes fútbol, bitches.....

451 days ago
12.

stu    

This nut had too much wine @ dinner. Or he's a racist.

451 days ago
13.

vroomvroom    

Well dummies, it says Pele/Chriano.....But Pele was everything when I was a kid. Luv Pele

451 days ago
14.

Stephen    

If you're going to do this whole "TMZ Sports" thing, you should probably learn sports on even an elementary level.

He is not referring to Cristiano Ronaldo. He is referring to THE Ronaldo, as in Ronaldo Luiz Naxario de Lima - commonly known as "the phenomenom," or the most complete striker of all time.

451 days ago
15.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Well, Ronaldo is certainly gay-er than Pelé.

451 days ago
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