"Now everyone is talking about Messi; he is a star. But [to be the best ever] he must first become better than Neymar," Pele said. "At the moment Messi is just more experienced."There is not a lot of context to his quote in the piece, although, unless that context was that he made the comment with a gun in his back, it's hard to see how this is anything but a horribly silly remark. I wonder if the sports legends who were a cut below the best ever have an easier time in old age than do the viable contenders for GOAT. Pele and Maradona seem perennially tortured by their place in the game's history in a way that, say, Platini does not, although maybe I just need to follow Platini a bit more closely. Same with Jordan compared to, for instance, Charles Barkley. That's a small sample size examined from great distance, and Gretzky certainly does not seem overly wrapped up in his status in hockey history, so maybe this is nonsense, but it strikes me that building your identity around a legacy that you can never add to, all while the debate over the significance of said legacy is heated and often compels you to come to its defense, would be an emotionally exhausting chore.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Overwhelming Evidence That We Should Not Take Pele Seriously