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'It's Silly, Messi Cannot Be Compared To Maradona'

'It's Silly, Lionel Messi Cannot Be Compared To Diego Maradona'

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 22, 2018 08:33 AM @KeeganKruger

A former Argentina international and FIFA World Cup says there is no way anyone can compare FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi to La Albiceleste legend Diego Maradona.

Ramos: Maradona is Light Years Away From Messi

The 30-year-old, whose hat-trick against Ecuador secured his country's qualification for Russia 2018, has had a miserable tournament thus far, missing a penalty in his side's Group D opener against Iceland and then failing to inspire them in any way as Croatia thumped them 3-0 on Thursday.

Mario Kempes, who won the showpiece with the Albiceleste in 1978, believes the current Argentina squad lacks quality and does not have the resources Messi needs to reach the levels Maradona did on the international stage.

"It is silly. Messi is good, but he has never won the World Cup. Comparing players from different eras is impossible," Kempes told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I won the World Cup in 1978, Maradona in 1986, and Messi is yet to do that. That is the reality of the situation.

"Argentina only have a Plan A, they lack a Plan B, and a Plan C. Plan A is to give the ball to Messi, close their eyes and hope for the best. But if Messi does not perform they lack any other solution.

Individually they have quality, but as a collective, it does not work. I see a lot of 'Messi's friends' but not many 'teammates'. That is the difference."

'Ronaldo Now On A New Level, Above Messi'

The South Americans are not out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup just yet, but are in need of a few favours from others should they want to reach the round of 16.

Do you think Argentina will get out of their group and progress in the competition? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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bafana86 Joined: 12 Nov 2010
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bafana86 Jun 22, 2018 03:52 PM
lol 'Messi's friends' are letting him down big time
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skipper10 Joined: 11 Feb 2014
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skipper10 Jun 22, 2018 01:37 PM
The Portuguese players work for Ronaldo, while the Argentina players just give Messi the ball and went to sleep
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skipper10 Joined: 11 Feb 2014
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skipper10 Jun 22, 2018 01:34 PM
Can't agree more
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Mpho wa Cosmos Joined: 24 Mar 2018
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Mpho wa Cosmos Jun 22, 2018 12:49 PM
Messi is a cow full stop. against Iceland he had a chance to score a winner via a Penaldo but he didnt. 10 shorts on target but no goal from a so called "not human, Ich genius".do yu still blame his mates?
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Mpho wa Cosmos Joined: 24 Mar 2018
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Mpho wa Cosmos Jun 22, 2018 12:43 PM
lolest ppl CR7 is also surrounded by cows be he is delivering, beside him been powerful he is a great leader who gives them confidance hence they call him "The commanda". haters call him self centred but he is d only star without a Tattoo bcz he donates blood.He is the King of Europe n now @ age 33 rulling the World. reminder madala CR7 4 vs yung Messi 0
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Mpho wa Cosmos Jun 22, 2018 12:33 PM
@KhothaKhosi the only truth is that Argentina are overated cows, the qualified buy the needle whole, but ppl expected them to win the WC bcz of overated ball jugla. CR7 can jugle but he chose to focus on wat is more important.
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Bhekisisa_KINGSISA_Sosibo Jun 22, 2018 12:31 PM
100% Messi is very weak when he plays for Argentina n that throws a question about his quality n one is tempted to ask "Can he deliever outside Camp Nou?"
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Soni_JX Jun 22, 2018 12:03 PM
The epitome of club football is UEFA CL (this COW failed there dismally.....he failed as a team player and failed as an individual player). The climax of international football is the FIFA World Cup (he is failing there as we speak, he has failed before......hinding behind De Maria's hard work). This guy is just the MOST VOTED player in the world........as people likes his ball jiggling skills. He is not the best footballer in the world....NIX!!
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Soni_JX Jun 22, 2018 11:58 AM
Ooh my gosh!! Happy...happy, what the hell is that.....happy. You represent your country in the FIFA W. CUP tonarment, yet you still need something else to make you "HAPPY". That is ultimate b.i.t.c.h.i.n.g at its worst form. An player like that need to be given a g-string to put on......Stop this whole bull-pack of excuses, this COW is overrated......that's plain simple.
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KhothaKhosi Jun 22, 2018 11:47 AM
I think Messi is not happy and so are the other stars in that team. The coach must tell us why are they not happy. They did not even try to fight for a result last night. They looked lost, except for one or two players who tried. Something bad is happening behind the scenes.
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Jack_Jabulani Jun 22, 2018 11:22 AM
This tells you that Messi only performs when hes not under pressure and when he has teammates that understand him,less is said about the game plan of Argetina..While CR7 the king excel while under pressure,bcos of his arrogance on the pitch that makes him perform well.Also the Portugal's game plan is around CR
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BraceEE Jun 22, 2018 11:02 AM
best players should perform on big stages and messi I failing to to so, so a proven king has dine so in Europe and now his proving it on the biggest of the all FiFa World Cup. even fellow Argentinians say so but Ironically.
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Ltido@kby Jun 22, 2018 10:58 AM
Messi is a cow. All other captains are leading by example. They carry their respective countries on their shoulders
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Matwalicosi Jun 22, 2018 10:46 AM
Absolutely Messi doesn't need enhancers (drugs) to be the best while maradona used drugs to reach the best level and he even cheated to win the world cup (remember hand of satan). The only criticism with Messi is he's excelling in spain only with best players around him.
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Vhivha Jun 22, 2018 10:30 AM
Messie only bullies the La liga Mvela teams, he Chokes everytime during World Cup Tournament, Ronaldo is better than Messie and a best striker in the World., currently, Messi misses penalties and set pieces
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FIFA behind chiefs Jun 22, 2018 10:29 AM
messy is the best but the problem is that he play alone and he surrounding by cows
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sthe8311 Joined: 23 Nov 2014
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sthe8311 Jun 22, 2018 10:09 AM
I support Madrid yes we can't compare Messi to Maradona . Don't forget Messi is not a drug addict. Leave the poor guy alone and remember he retired from National team they are reason for that .
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Mangiza Jun 22, 2018 10:03 AM
Messi fails Argentina he is great at Barcelona only
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nazzi the second Jun 22, 2018 09:29 AM
Croatia was just too good, coach failed argentina
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nazzi the second Jun 22, 2018 09:28 AM
oh please who said one has to win the world cup to be the best, who put that rule? Messi is still the GOAT , can you seriously tell me since KHedira and crew won the last world cup they are better than messi and ronaldo? Get the F ou of here with that comparison, Messi and ronaldo have done alot of things that other legends and current players failed to do, many old records have been broken by LM10 and CR7, champions league, ballon dors, but people don't appreciate you until you gone, we will discuss this topic when Messi has retired

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