Former Argentina international and 1986 World Cup winner, Hector Enrique, believes Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, will never reach the level of Diego Maradona.
The 26-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game, arguably the best player ever. He has won all trophies on club level, the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times and broken a lot of goal scoring records.
However Enrique, who gave the pass to the Maradona’s Goal of the Century at the 1986 World Cup, is adamant that Messi will never be as good as his countryman.
"Messi does not have anything on Maradona,” Enrique told Continental.
“I love Messi and I would be happy if my son would play at one per cent of his abilities, but Maradona was unique.
"There will never be anyone like Maradona again, not even if Messi wins three World Cups in succession or scores a bicycle kick from midfield.
"Maradona and Messi have different characters on the pitch. Diego radiated confidence and made all of us play better. Messi has personality as well, but not like Maradona."
Messi is widely seen as equalling, if not surpassing Maradona’s skillset, but has not been able to prove that at the biggest international stage and has yet to lead his country to a World Cup.
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