Insidefutbol.com: Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi Better Than I Was.
After another stellar season with Barcelona last season, Lionel Messi has found himself constantly compared to another Argentinean great, Diego Maradona. The football legend, who is widely considered one of the best players to have ever played the game, has put the debate to rest, claiming the young phenomenon is better than he was at his prime.
Speaking to Catalan daily Sport, Argentina coach Maradona expressed his admiration for the extraordinary player, saying, “Messi is better than when I played at ‘86 World Cup. [He is] the best player in the world by far compared to the others.”
22-year-old Messi, who is the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, is expected to carry an Argentina side that struggled during the World Cup qualifying campaign. With a spectacular 47 goals and 14 assists to his name last season, it is no surprise plenty of responsibility has been placed on the youngster’s shoulders.