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In terms of pure footballing ability I've never seen better. His touch and balance and mastery of a football are the best ever without doubt, plus he had pace and guts and a very strong desire to succeed. I honestly don't think we'll ever see a player quite like him again.
Messi in terms of consistency is better but for pure natural brilliance and ingenuity Maradona is unrivalled I think. Remember the era he played in too, the pitches weren't carpets, the fouling was so much worse and he obviously was a lot more temperamental than Messi.You don’t think Messi is at least on par Steve?
Agree with pretty much all of this.Top 5: Pele, Maradona, Messi, Cruyff and then it's really hard to pick.
From a British perspective I'd go for Best but someone in Portugal may pick either Eusebio or Ronaldo. German Muller or Beckenbauer and so on.
Maradona was a great player in an average side when Argentina won the WCI have never heard so much shit in my life , has messi led Argentina to a World Cup victory? Messi is only half as good as he is as he is protected by refs , he goes down at the slightest of Touches , Maradonna is playing football against defenders playing rugby, I suggest you go and educate yourself on what football was like in the 80s!
And to be fair you should differentiate the playing positionsThese greatest of all time things only work when people accept there are no right answers, you see them amongst boxing fans all the time.
I'd go for Messi but there are many great great players, Zidane, Xavi,both Ronaldos, Baresi, Pele, Maldini and on and on and on
'It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship.'metro.co.uk
Because of course he would.
Let's not re-write history. In 1984 the season Maradona joined Napoli they finished 11th in Serie A. 1 point above relegation. The year before that they were 10th avoiding relegation by 2 points.Absolutely.
Napoli had been purchasing good talent for a few years before Maradona.
Maradona was like their Aguero. Before that Napoli had been like City buying the likes of Elano and Robinho in comparison. Maradona marked when they started spending more wisely.
The idea Napoli were nowhere before him is a myth. It's like saying Liverpool were nowhere before VDV.
Yea, I was wrong saying it was before Maradona. It was during. I should have said before their title win.Let's not re-write history. In 1984 the season Maradona joined Napoli they finished 11th in Serie A. 1 point above relegation. The year before that they were 10th avoiding relegation by 2 points.
In the 3 seasons after Diego they finished 8th, 3rd and then 1st.
They'd won 2 trophies in their entire hundred year existence and never won a league title before Maradona. They've never won since he left either.