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'Messi Is No Maradona!'

'Lionel Messi Is No Diego Maradona!'

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 18, 2018 03:29 PM @KeeganKruger

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.

Maradona Slams Argentina Boss, Comments On Messi Penalty Miss

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."

Messi: The Penalty Was Painful

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.

Do you agree with Crespo's opinion on Messi? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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ItaliaAbruzzo Joined: 28 Jun 2018
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ItaliaAbruzzo Jun 28, 2018 01:48 AM
Well I agree that Maradona is a better player. But if you think about it, look at all the teams.... You think Neymar is better than Brazils Ronaldo? I am Italian and love Italy but If Maldini or Baresi was Neymar's age, Neymar wouldn't even touch the ball... Englands 1990 team is better than England 2018. Look at Germany...The worst German team I have ever seen. Italy must rebuild EVERYTHING... Italy 90,94,2002 will smash though what they have now. Spain, they had there run for a few years. Seems like soccer/football has downgraded a little..
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Shillos10 Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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Shillos10 Jun 21, 2018 11:08 AM
Football is a team sport...the generation of players Messi is playing with right now are different with that of Maradona
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Matayitayi Jun 21, 2018 10:42 AM
Messi is playing with cows ,mediocrity at his best
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Master25 Joined: 26 Nov 2014
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Master25 Jun 19, 2018 06:03 PM
Can somebody show me anything interesting that Ronaldo did in the last three world cups he played in. 4k man, just becuse he scored a hatrik in his fourth world cup he's now Mr world cup? Who's trying to fool who here? Ronaldo is not any better than Messi when it comes to wolrd cup. He did nothing in 3 world cups.
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Soni_JX Jun 19, 2018 01:39 PM
Messi is not even shadow of Maradona. At 30 and is about to be 31........at W Cup level, what has he achieved? One of his devoted groupies made me laugh my lungs out claiming that at least he has won a silver medal in the W Cup.......WHAT A JOKE!! Maradona at 30 has already lifted the W. Cup twice. Messi has not even won a continental championship with the national team......At least Crespo have one.
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deetumahole Jun 19, 2018 10:16 AM
@Mchumero10 And YES i am CR7's biggest supporter because 98% he never rely on team to make make things happen. He can put the whole team on his own shoulders anytime. Ulike Misiss Penalty who even when he was drunk he was still getting assisted by Xavi to walk. And even Iniesta will assist him walk out of the bar after getting drunk. Worse in the field of play he was still getting assisted by both boys mentioned. If Messi is dead the whole team is dead. If the team is dead CR7 will carry the whole team alone. Done. Now get you useless football brain up and running since i educated you now.
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deetumahole Joined: 25 Aug 2014
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deetumahole Jun 19, 2018 10:11 AM
@Mchumero10 Nobody said missing a penalty is a crime or sort off. Now that you offramped my comment with senseless comment i will forgive you my clueless cow.
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Mchumero10 Joined: 12 Apr 2018
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Mchumero10 Jun 19, 2018 09:31 AM
@deetumahole u seem to lack football brains Maradona Pele Baggio Raul n ballotelli missed penalties
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Mchumero10 Jun 19, 2018 09:30 AM
@deetumahole it's seems u r lost another cr7 fan who is lost n found himself bored to comment on Messi
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deetumahole Jun 19, 2018 08:23 AM
Xavi left , Now no Iniesta and Suarez. And now this cow Miss Penalty is exposed with other Argentina Cows.
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Faysal Jun 19, 2018 07:49 AM
Messi is under pressure yes he must pull his socks up
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Prayer@k4l Jun 18, 2018 09:38 PM
No iniesta no messi
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Prayer@k4l Jun 18, 2018 09:37 PM
There's no iniesta In Argentina... If they want see messi doing his magic they must include iniesta in their squad
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Khosism Jun 18, 2018 06:40 PM
How many world cups did Crespo win?
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Ntsunda112 Joined: 11 Jun 2018
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Ntsunda112 Jun 18, 2018 05:39 PM
He's not even close to the great Maradona
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VIPER305 Jun 18, 2018 05:24 PM
He is not close...
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dcdanny-home Jun 18, 2018 04:31 PM
He is to blame himself if he is not helped. He is captain, he must encourage others to shine as he is attracting all the attention. Di Maria is more effective on the right.
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 18, 2018 04:16 PM
The guy is surrounded by huge cows.
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Zakes2324 Joined: 16 Nov 2013
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Zakes2324 Jun 18, 2018 03:46 PM
No one was really helping Messi on the day

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