'Messi Is No Maradona!'
'Lionel Messi Is No Diego Maradona!'
A former Argentina international, who played in three FIFA World Cups, has given his reason why he thinks his nation should stop comparing Lionel Messi to Albiceleste great Diego Maradona.
The FC Barcelona star played his part in a disappointing display on Saturday, missing a penalty as the South Americans were held to a 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland in their opening game of the tournament.
Hernan Crespo, who use to line up alongside the Blaugrana forward for the Albiceleste, believes Messi should not be held in the same esteem as Maradona as he does not possess the same qualities, despite some thinking otherwise.
"Messi isn't Maradona, he can't win the World Cup by himself," Crespo told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Sportiva.
"This is something Argentinians and the rest of his teammates must understand.
"Leo can go past one or two, but 'Dieguito' dribbled past five England players. Do you understand the difference?
"He is phenomenal if you put him in the right conditions, like he has at Barcelona. Any other way and he tires.
"Who helped Messi against Iceland? Di Maria didn't get away from his marker once. The central midfielders didn't help.
"They didn't play like a team, didn't move like a team. They were all there waiting for Messi, but it isn't possible to hand all the responsibility of every action to one player."
Crespo, who played for La Albiceleste in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, made 64 appearances for his country, scoring 35 goals along the way.
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