'African Star Was Better Than Messi'
'African Star Was Better Than Lionel Messi'
It has been claimed that a former African professional football was better than FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who many consider one of the greatest players of all time.
The likes of Messi, Diego Maradona and Pele are almost always brought up when fans discuss who the best player in the history of the sport is, but perhaps supporters should remember the great Mohammed Ahmed Polo.
The Ghanaian is widely considered the most technically gifted player to ever come out of the country, but veteran coach, J. E. Sarpong, believes Polo was even superior to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi.
“I can confidently tell you that Mohammed Ahmed Polo was better than Lionel Messi,” he told Accra FM.
“Even though there was no technology in Polo’s era to determine an offside as compared today but with the way he was playing, no player could have been compared to him if he should have played in Europe.
“He played in mostly in Africa in his days and so the world couldn’t see him see him properly.
“No doubt that Messi is a good player but comparatively, Polo was better than Messi.”
Polo, who played most of his career in Africa, was known as the “Dribbling Magician” and was a part of the Ghana side that won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations.
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