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Messi Pelé comparisons have "no credibility" - Brazil boss Tite

Tite insists discussions over which of Lionel Messi and Pelé is greatest have "no credibility" such is the Brazil legend's legacy.

Tite: Messi comparisons with Pele have 'no credibility'

Tite has dismissed Lionel Messi's credentials as the greatest footballer of all time after insisting comparisons between him and "phenomenal" Brazil legend Pelé have "no credibility".

The Brazil coach and Messi exchanged words in Friday's game against Argentina, with Tite claiming the Barcelona forward told him to shut up during the friendly defeat in Riyadh.

"Pelé is incomparable" 

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil legend Pelé scoring his 1,000th goal and, speaking ahead of his side's clash against South Korea in Abu Dhabi the same day, Tite says the three-time World Cup winner remains out in front when it comes to the question of whether he or Messi is best.

Messi celebrates after scoring in Argentina's 2-2 friendly draw with Uruguay on Monday.

He said: "Pelé is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pelé to any other athlete...do you know what I do? I hear but I don't listen.

"It's as if this person doesn't know the history of this man's quality... this guy was phenomenal. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary.

"I meant he's extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pelé is out of normal patterns and I'm not saying this because I'm a Brazilian. You can't find a defect.

"If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility."

Brazil boss not panicking amid five-game winless run

The loss to Argentina meant Brazil are now five matches without victory, yet Tite remains philosophical over the Copa América winners' form.

He added: "I'm not desperate to win. I'm happy to be where I am. I'm aware of the pressure but I have no desperation. I don't have any of this. What I do want is to make a great game."

Tite has warned South Korea's threat extends far beyond just that of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.

He added: "We know about Korea's strengths, on their important victory against Germany [in the World Cup] and we respect them. We know about their individual forces, not only Son, but others and the team as a whole."