Diego Armando Maradona compared Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo with Argentine star Lionel Messi. Legendary Maradona thinks Ronaldo never can reach the same level as Barca star Lionel Messi and he slammed Ronaldo, hard..
Argentina / NationalTurk – El Diego, the Argentine legend still carries -the best footballer ever- brand and Maradona clearly thinks that his compatriot Lionel Messi is a football messiah and his successor at being the best. Maradona also adds this is bad nes for Ronaldo, who he thinks will stay as the second best footballer as long as Messi plays football.
Maradona praises Messi : ‘ Cristiano was born in the wrong era. He will always live under Messi’s shadow
Diego Maradona said Messi is in a class of his own, and believes firmly that second place is the best that Cristiano Ronaldo can hope to achieve in the coming years.
Maradona also keynotes the difference between Messi and Ronaldo’s personalities : Maradona openly slammed Ronaldo by stating : Messi scores a goal and celebrates. Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal and poses like he’s in a shampoo commercial.
Both forwards are the clear favorites to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2012 after an impressive season at club level, yet Diego Armando Maradona feels Ronaldo is nowhere near his Argentine rival, Messi.
‘ Cristiano Ronaldo will never be at the same level as Messi. Lionel Messi doesn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful shot. Messi just dribbles towards the goal into the net with the ball at his feet,’ Maradona stated to an Argentine tv channel.
Maradona continued slamming Ronaldo with Messi comparison :
However, the legendary Maradona had a different opinion during the European Championship, slamming Ronaldo: ‘ The world’s second best player, chasing Lionel Messi, seemed so frustrated and petulant when playing for Portugal. ‘
‘ When Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or he told Messi ‘No more second places’. Now silver is the best he can achieve,’ emphasizing the level Messi has reached in 2012 and Messi’s current fitness and form suggests this new season will be another milestone year for Messi.
Meanwhile, the 1986 World Cup winner legend is not shy at all to mention that he is flattered to see people comparing him with Lionel Messi.
‘ I don’t really like comparisons. Nevertheless, the comparison with Lionel is a beautiful thing. We are both left-footed, Argentine, and brilliant.’ an jubiliant Maradona says.
Lionel Messi scored an impressive 73 goals in all competitions for Barcelona in 2011-12 season which is a record hard to be broken.
Meanwhile NationalTurk posted an interesting article about Maradona’s two brothers, who are both former footballers and both are currently even more popular than their big brother El Diego in Argentina. The interesting story also includes a video of Lola Maradona, the youngest Maradona brother.
On other Maradona news the Argentine football legend Diego Maradona recently cut loose as manager by Dubai’s Al Wasl. His sacking brought along speculations that Maradona will get to helm at his former club Boca Juniors.
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However Maradona personally said he is not needed at Boca at the moment. But he had a few negative words for Boca star Juan Roman Riquelme who recently left the Argentine club.
Maradona backed up current Boca coach Julio Cesar Falcioni at a time when Falcioni had been questioned by Boca fans after the club blew the Argentine league title in the last two weeks of season and lost the Copa Libertadores final to Brazil’s Corinthians.