I don't like the guy. I think he is talked about way too much.
But I also cannot think of a more talented hockey player in the NHL...
Since I never saw Gretzky play live I will also say he actually is the most talented player I have ever personally seen live.
Don't like him, but he is that talented.
Gretzky was way better, not even close, although given a full career Mario Lemeuix was the best ever I would say.