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I was a better player than Van Basten and Ruud Gullit - Abedi Pele

Published on: 01 June 2020
I was a better player than Van Basten and Ruud Gullit - Abedi Pele
Abedi Pele

Former Ghana ace Abedi Pele says he believed he was a better player than Dutch legends Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten.

Abedi Pele hogged the headlines on Sunday during a six-hour interview with GTV Sports, recalling some fond memories during his active playing days.

The former Olympique Marseille talisman remarked that the mentality he had made him believe he was better than some great players including Van Basten and Ruud Gullit.

“Well I don’t know but I had it in mind that I am better than Guilt and I’m also better than Van Bastern and the others."

"So coming onto the pitch, it is in my mind that there must be a challenge between Guilt and Abedi Pele who is going to win,” he added.

The maestro as he is affectionately called played a significant role when Marseille overcame a legendary AC Milan side, which included Gullit and Van Basten, to lift the UEFA Champions League in 1993.

He played Niort, Mulhouse, Marseille, Lyon, Torino, 1860 Munich and finally ended his glittering career at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in the 2000 with a total club career appearances of 479 and scoring 157 goals and 73 National appearances with 33 goals.

He was also honoured with the BBC Africa footballer of the year 1991 and a three-time Africa footballer of the year 1991,1992 and 1993.

Abedi also won the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Ghana.

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