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'Messi Can't Catch Maradona'

'Messi Can't Catch Maradona'

By SL International - Mar 24, 2018 11:01 AM

A legendary Argentina striker has explained why FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will never surpass Diego Maradona as the greatest footballer in Argentine football history.

Read: Maradona Offers Advice To Messi Ahead Of World Cup

There has been an on-going debate about who is the Argentine footballer of all time, which mostly involves Messi and Maradona.

Messi is Argentina's all-time top scorer but is yet to win a major trophy with the senior national side, whereas Maradona led the nation to World Cup success in 1986.

"For me, [Maradona] was the greatest of all," Batistuta told Corriere dello Sport.

"Diego also represents Argentina in many things, not just football. He was the first player that took us to the stars, winning the World Cup. He has charisma, he had a rare talent and imagination.

"Messi, even if technically he is the same or perhaps superior, cannot match him. Lionel lacks Maradona's charisma.

"Diego could command a stadium, have everyone watch him. I played with him and I can tell you how technically decisive he was for the team. I saw what happens in life when you are next to Diego.

"Although I do not agree with many things that he does - his lifestyle choices are not mine, I'm almost the opposite - we both have a good relationship and, for me, he is and will remain the greatest."

Read: Argentina See Off Italy Without Messi & Aguero

Who do you think is greater between Messi and Maradona? Have your say in the comment section below.


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chinyama Joined: 31 Aug 2016
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chinyama Mar 26, 2018 06:16 PM
@clemz7 if he can win world cup he will become king of football
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Pirates_999 Mar 26, 2018 03:33 PM
This guy is right Messi has failed his national team finish and klaar he is a great footballer but let's face it he hasn't done anything for his country until he does Maradona remains the best for Argentina and Messi the best for Barca
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Mar 26, 2018 09:33 AM
Drugs can't give you talent blogers
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Mgebe_07 Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Mgebe_07 Mar 25, 2018 04:27 PM
Let's not forget that Maradona achieved most of his success while using drugs! So because of that I can't say he is equal or even better than Messi. Messi didn't need any performance enhancing drugs to achieve what he has achieved
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Sellopat2 Mar 25, 2018 12:35 PM
I totally agree. Messi is great at Barcelona but in Argentina he falls short of Maradona.
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dr ss zondi Mar 25, 2018 11:11 AM
He is indirectly motivating Messi, Argentina is very hungry,the last time they won it was in 86,They we're runners up in 1990 and 2014,they have the players to win it and Messi can single handle win the world cup,it psychological games and I think Argentina will have a good World Cup in June especially if Messi wins the Champions League and take that form to Moscow in June
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Somfi Mar 25, 2018 10:00 AM
This will always be a difficult question to answer but we all have to acknowledge that Messi has broken many records and still going on and on. Maradona won the world cup when he was surrounded by world class players at the time. Players like Batistuta and Carnigia were amongst the best in the world so those players complimented Maradona when they won that 1986 world cup. On the other had Messi doesn't have luxury of the best players in the current generation in Argentina while he is surrounded by world cup winning players at Barcelona hence Barca are the best team in the world at the moment. In my opinion one was the best at country level and one is the best at club level and playing alongside the the Spanish best. Imagine Messi with players like Xavi, Fabregas, Iniesta?? The rest is history..
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Izec247 Mar 25, 2018 08:23 AM
This man sounds like he would choose Messi if he played with Messi. I choose Messi. He's always sober and he wouldn't score the most important goal of his career with a hand.
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mccrobert Mar 25, 2018 06:15 AM
maradona's career ladies n gentlemen was full suspension at napoli n argentina squad,why?bcoz he tested positive for cocaine n ephedrine ,so lionel messi for is better bcoz he is playing sober,no cocaine,no ephedrine,never suspended at his national team even at barca,diego maradona used drugs in his whole career,he almost died bcoz of drug health issues
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 24, 2018 11:10 PM
Kkkkkk cocaine and natural so let Messi do it natural then
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 24, 2018 10:57 PM
You know what macula you will never be remembered by what you almost did but what you did
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 24, 2018 10:55 PM
Messi no doubt about that
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 24, 2018 10:53 PM
No he must win other major trophies with a different team other than Barcelona
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Mbusi Ndlovu Mar 24, 2018 10:51 PM
I agree Messi is one of the greatest in the world and one of the 2 greatest in Argentina but as long as he hasn't done won this 20th in he will never surpass Maradona,he must win world cup and to go out there and win eufa champions league,league cups,top goal scorers,Ballon'Dor etc,with a different team outside Barcelona then we can talk, before he can do it with other teams he will never be compared to Maradona.
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clemz7 Mar 24, 2018 09:42 PM
So if King Messi wins World cup, he will be more than Maradona
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305majola Mar 24, 2018 09:37 PM
@Mpho wa Cosmos I've got a question for you sir. Who is great at the current Argentina squad?
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Mpho wa Cosmos Mar 24, 2018 08:32 PM
@macuka I like what the commentators always say when am playing FiFa "People will always remember the winner". One guy can go to one Final and win, another to 100 but loose and the person will be called a looser. Hard to swallow.... Truth hurt just give maybe another question or comment cz that one is lame. Messi is Great @ Barca
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macuka Mar 24, 2018 04:32 PM
It's easy guys, I think Messi played more finals [COPA America n world cup] than Maradona with Argentina, how many Maradona played?
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Ntsunda11 Mar 24, 2018 04:08 PM
@Shillos10 let me Tell you something maybe you'll understand what Mara is saying, Nelson Mandela (May his soul rest in peace) was/is cherished by the world for role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and though he wasn't the only one doing that but because he was the most influential individual during the struggle to bring democracy in our land. Now to the point, there are players that stood up and influence the outcome of the game just like Mara did during his time. If it was not the case coaches would pick anyone to play, there would not be any star players that teams fight for them
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Ntsunda11 Mar 24, 2018 03:56 PM
@Shillos10 you say football is a team sport but your last paragraph says the opposite

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