The Messi and Ronaldo era is phenomenal - Guardiola

Oct 15, 2018, 14:00
The Messi and Ronaldo era is phenomenal - Guardiola

And Maradona - who is widely considered one of the greatest players of all-time - says Argentine football needs to stop putting Messi on a pedestal.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer", Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports.

Messi's cousin Maxi Biancucchi branded Maradona, who has battled weight problems as well as addictions to drugs and alcohol, "ignorant" over his comments.

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Maradona and Messi are seen Argentina's two greatest footballers, with the former winning the World Cup with La Albiceleste in 1986 and the latter picking up five Ballon d'Or awards. He's the best in the world with Cristiano [Ronaldo].

Caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni remains hopeful the Barcelona skipper will eventually end his self-imposed exile, but Maradona is less convinced of the 31-year-old's present value to the team.

Diego has generally been supportive of Messi at every opportunity in the past, defending him from criticism back in their native Argentina, where the Barcelona star has been a scapegoat for the country's failure to achieve anything of note on the global stage.

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Argentina are unbeaten in three games since their disappointing World Cup campaign, beating Iraq 4-0 on Thursday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. "We have to take the pressure off him".

The things that he is willing to talk about extend from politics to the universe and yes, even football, such as his comments about Lionel Messi this week.

"We offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted it", said Khaldoon al Mubarak, the president of the reinging Premier League champions, referring to an objective in 2016. If he is not, we should try and play as a team and be hard to beat'. "Ronaldo is more of a centre-forward while Messi is more organised", he added.

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