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."
Just a quick stat comparison:
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?