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?
MLS Star Jay DeMerit
Foots Bill For Boozy
Canadian Fans, Eh!
9/1/2012 3:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
You're MLS stud Jay DeMerit and your maple-loving fans just drove 315 miles to see you play -- but your team totally botched the match ... so whadda you do? Buy them a bunch of drinks and get wasted, duh.
TMZ has learned ... the Vancouver Whitecaps captain showed up at a bar called The Vault in Portland, Oregon Saturday night -- after suffering a brutal loss to the Portland Timbers -- and ran into a group of 25 of his BIGGEST fans.
Jay tells TMZ -- he was pretty pissed, but when he saw the fans -- who call themselves "The Handbags"-- he changed his 'tude.
Jay knocked a few back with the group, pounding vodka-sodas, beer and a specialty drink called "The Handbag." In return the group taught him some awesome soccer chants.
The MLS captain covered the $600 tab -- He tells us, "The fans paid a lot of money to travel from Vancouver and if I can give them a good memorable night, then why not?"
Yeah -- winning works too.