Pele finds it difficult to defend Neymar from criticism over what is perceived as excessive simulation and has urged the Paris Saint-Germain striker to make the most of his ability.
Brazil superstar Neymar came under fire for his on-field theatrics at the World Cup, where the Selecao were beaten in the quarter-finals by Belgium.
Three-time World Cup winner Pele has spoken to his fellow Santos product about his actions, which he finds it tough to reconcile.
“It’s difficult to defend Neymar for all the things he does besides playing football. I spoke with him and reminded him of his ability,” he told Folha de Sao Paulo.
“He was unlucky because Brazil did not win the World Cup and he was singled out.
“I’ve been with him in Europe twice. We talked and I explained: ‘The God of football gave you the gift. What you do complicates it.”
“I think Neymar is a more complete player than him, but in Europe everyone speaks more about Mbappe.”