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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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31.

john johnson    

you smokin a drug if you think ronaldo is better than pele'. lionel messi will be better than ronaldo eventually.

446 days ago
32.

TGH    

I guess very few can sense sarcasm. Lineker was not being serious, I thought it was somewhat obvious - but I guess the English sense of humour went straight over the whole of TMZ's office heads.

446 days ago
33.

Matthew    

Maradona was the greatest player ever - there is daylight between him and any of them! Pele, Messi, Ronaldo cannot come close to Diego Maradona!

446 days ago
34.

Matthew    

Maradonna was the greatest player ever - there is daylight between him and any of them!

446 days ago
35.

Monse    

He is crazy 2 say that ronaldo is better than PELÉ. He clearly doesn't. Know what he's talking about!

446 days ago
36.

John    

Next time TMZ has Lineker they need to show the Youtube clip of him ****ting himself during a match for England against Ireland in 1990. Seriously.

446 days ago
37.

tr    

Pretty sure he is talking about Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. People who are very into soccer/football do not even consider Cristiano Ronaldo as anything worth conversation.

445 days ago
38.

Anais    

he's delusional. ronaldo? really? ronaldo's the unlickiest person ever, 'cause he has to play during the Messi era.

445 days ago
39.

BigWilly    

I think gary has been taking Gazza's crazy pills, although he always was a disillusioned moron

445 days ago
40.

lmusumeci    

Why brazil won 5 cups? cause the best players come from Brazil, so in a time that there is no Europian clubs Stealing players from Brazilian clubs the Brazilian clubs were the best...without mention that Pelé traveled all europe destroyng all the teams he played with...just research and stop repeating what other racist people say

445 days ago
41.

lmusumeci    

the discussion is about talent not who has the better physique that new technology can provide

445 days ago
42.

pascal    

this story is stupid and tmz don't have the facts. Ronaldo has so far scored 201 goals in 199 games for Madrid. he had more than 118 goals for united. so how does that come to 233 club goals? and we are not counting goals for sporting Lisbon and Portugal. get your facts straight

445 days ago
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