- Diego Maradona spent seven years at Napoli where he won three major trophies in Serie A and the UEFA Cup
- The Argentine legend was asked if Messi would lift Napoli from an ordinary club to an extraordinary he disagreed
- Maradona played a few seasons with Barcelona before moving to Serie A to join Napoli
Diego Maradona has suggested Lionel Messi would not have the same impact on a team like Napoli as he did.
The two-time World Cup winner claims his compatriot is on the decline following Barcelona draw with his former club in the Champions League.
Maradona and Messi are often being compared to each other about who is the world's greatest.
Messi has won many trophies with Barca including a four Champions League title and several domestic trophies.
But Maradona single-handedly led Napoli from a relegation-threatened club to Serie A champions on two occasions.
He even won the UEFA Cup for the Italian side during his 11-year spell at Naples, making it the most successful period in the club's history.
Maradona had a brief spell with Barcelona before joining Napoli and he asked was asked if he would do the same, he claims it was impossible.
"Messi arrived at San Paolo in decline," said Maradona told Spanish newspaper AS - hinting at his compatriot's form going into Tuesday's Champions League clash.
"Messi has not lived the life I have. Leo could play extraordinarily in Naples, but he would not be able to do what I did. Let's be clear about that."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Timo Werner is ready to snub Man United and Barcelona for Liverpool to activate his £52million release clause with RB Leipzig.
According to the Athletic, the German striker is ready to wait for the Merseyside club to make an approach.
The 23-year-old have been linked with top European sides following his consistent form for the Bundesliga club in the last four years.
Legit.ng also reported that Sadio Mane has become a target for Barcelona but the Spanish giants will have to pay a world record amount of £225million.
The Liverpool star has been in blistering form in the past few years which has attracted interests from top clubs including Real Madrid.
On the other hand, if Barca will have to force Liverpool to sell Mane to them, they will have to pay an additional £85m plus the worth of the player, according to the Mirror.
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