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Why is Maradona better than Messi?

Why is Maradona better than Messi?

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers of all time. Both hailing from Argentina, they have left an indelible mark on the sport with their exceptional skills and achievements. While Messi is often hailed as the greatest player of his generation, there are several reasons why Maradona is considered by many to be superior. In this article, we will delve into the various aspects that make Maradona better than Messi.

World Cup Success

One of the primary arguments in favor of Maradona's superiority is his impressive performance in the FIFA World Cup. In 1986, Maradona led Argentina to victory, single-handedly dominating the tournament with his immense skill, vision, and determination. His infamous "Hand of God" goal and the mesmerizing solo goal against England in the quarterfinals remain iconic moments in football history. Messi, on the other hand, has struggled to replicate this success on the international stage, despite his undeniable talent.

Leadership and Charisma

Maradona's leadership qualities and charismatic personality set him apart from Messi. Throughout his career, Maradona was known for his ability to inspire his teammates and lead by example. He had an aura of authority on the field that commanded respect from both teammates and opponents. Messi, although a fantastic player, has often been criticized for his reserved and introverted nature, which some argue has hindered his ability to inspire and motivate his teammates in crucial moments.

Versatility and Adaptability

Maradona's versatility and adaptability were unparalleled. He had the ability to play in various positions, from attacking midfield to forward, and excelled in each role. His versatility allowed him to influence the game from different areas of the pitch, making him a constant threat to the opposition. Messi, on the other hand, has primarily played as a forward throughout his career, limiting his impact in other areas of the field.

Style of Play

Maradona's playing style was characterized by his exceptional dribbling skills, close ball control, and agility. He had an uncanny ability to maneuver through tight spaces and evade multiple defenders effortlessly. His creativity and vision allowed him to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. While Messi is undoubtedly an exceptional dribbler, Maradona's style of play was more unpredictable and flamboyant, making him a more exciting and entertaining player to watch.

 mpact on the Game

Maradona's influence on the game extends beyond his individual accomplishments. He revolutionized the role of the attacking midfielder, showcasing the importance of creativity and playmaking in a team's success. His performances inspired a generation of players and left a lasting impact on the sport. Messi, while undoubtedly a remarkable player, has not brought about the same level of innovation or change to the game.

Importance to Argentina

Maradona's significance to Argentina cannot be overstated. He represented the hopes and dreams of a nation, becoming a symbol of national pride. His performances in the World Cup and his unwavering commitment to the national team endeared him to the Argentine people. Messi, despite his incredible talent and numerous individual accolades, has faced criticism for his perceived lack of dedication to the national team, which has affected his standing among Argentine fans.

While Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona's impact, influence, and achievements set him apart. Maradona's exceptional World Cup success, leadership qualities, versatility, flamboyant style of play, impact on the game, and importance to Argentina make a compelling case for his superiority over Messi. Both players have left an indelible mark on the sport, but Maradona's legend and legacy continue to shine brighter.


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