Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Jun 2017 09:19:54



ARGENTINEAN footballing legend Maradona said that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.
“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

“I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but I acknowledge that the latter is an animal. He’s incredible,” said the 1986 World Cup winner. Speaking from Dubai, where he now lives, Maradona added that he’d wished Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, was Argentinean.

“He makes me think of Gabriel Batistuta,” the Argentina striker who starred at three World Cup finals. “As soon as he touched the ball, it was a goal.”
Turning back to Messi, Maradona said the Barcelona player was still the world’s best despite not having won a World Cup. Alone, he will not be able to win the World Cup. You need a solid team for that.

“Football history will remember Messi,” said Maradona.
‘Sampaoli is no better than sacked Bauza’


DIEGO Maradona criticised the appointment of Jorge Sampaoli as Argentina coach, saying the Copa America winning manager was no better than his disappointing predecessor.
Sampaoli took over as Argentina coach earlier this month in place of Edgardo Bauza, who was sacked after recording only three wins in eight games.

The 57-year-old Sampaoli, in contrast, has led Argentina to victory in his first two games—but that was not good enough for Maradona.
“Sampaoli doesn’t know any more than Bauza,” Maradona told Argentine channel TyC on Monday. (Reuters)