Yo man what is this is crazy sh*t that is going on when people make there top 10. Apparently there is a Nagato that is stronger then the Nagato who was the 6 paths of pain.
Now people need to realize that Nagato at his strongest was with the pains. Whether you like it or not is up to you. But it is a simple manga fact.
There is no "Healthy , and experienced with Rinnegan" Nagato in Naruto-verse. That Nagato didn't exist. So why do people keep making this imaginary Nagato to put into top 10s, instead of just Pain or Nagato... But people like to say "Nagato (healthy)".... wtf.
Well Nagato before getting his legs fried and getting stabbed by the Mazo was healthy and had atleast some skill with the Rinnegan he was able to use Deva Path abilities and fodderize fools with the Mazo and its Soul Dragon
This is going to sound crazy but Nagato should not be added into the top 10.
Nagato, is to situational to be added in top 10 to have him at his peak of health you take away his experience with the Rinnegan. Nagato can only be added into the top 10 if he is using his 6 paths tech.
Your right. Nagato did not have the ability to use the paths before he summoned Gedo Mazo as well as he did during his fight with Naruto.
I also believe that the six paths of pein where stronger than Nagato using the paths alone, because the ability to use the paths from different angles with the shared vision, and how impossibly difficult it is to figure out all the secrets of the paths and Nagato controlling them from far away.
Nagato was a boss by the time jiraiya stopped training him. What people are saying is that if nagato hadn't used the gedo statue on hanzos men, he would have been healthy. A full and healthy nagato is damn near god status