Diego Maradona claims Messi and Ronaldo are greatest footballers of modern era

Diego Maradona claims Messi and Ronaldo are greatest footballers of modern era

- Diego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever

- He is famous for his starring role in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph in Mexico

- Maradona has admitted that Messi and Ronaldo are the greatest players of the modern era

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Diego Maradona has stated that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are cut above the rest, admitting that the Argentine, as well as the Portuguese, are the best footballers of the modern era.

According to the icon, no player in the modern era will match half of what both players have achieved in the game of football.

Maradona himself is famous for being one of the greatest football players ever who had a breathtaking career winning a huge number of trophies with Napoli and Barcelona as well as a starring role in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph in Mexico.

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Only a few players have managed to reach the level of Maradona but Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can comfortably be discussed alongside the legend.

Although he once chose Messi over Ronaldo, the World Cup icon says no player can match the feat of these two greats.

Maradona told France Football and cited in GOAL:

“Messi and Cristiano, Cristiano and Messi. For me, these two are a cut above the others.
“I don't see anyone approaching them. Not a single person (will) achieve half of what they do.”
Diego Maradona claims no one will achieve half of what Messi and Ronaldo done
Diego Maradona believes Messi and Ronaldo are best players of the modern era. Photo: Power Sport
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Maradona who will be 60 years old on October 30 couldn’t resist the chance to once again take a cheeky swipe on England when he was asked what he wants as dream gift for his birthday celebration.

“I dream of being able to score another goal against the English, with the right hand this time,” he laughed, referring to his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against the Three Lions at the 1986 World Cup.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Gerard Deulofeu believes Ronaldinho is the greatest footballer ever ahead of his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

The Udinese midfielder who shared the same dressing room with Messi a few seasons back described the Brazilian legend as an incredible person.

The Spain international who is currently on loan to Serie A from Championship side Watford, still believes he is the 2002 World Cup winner holds the aces.

Ronaldinho spent five seasons at the Camp Nou and won La Liga titles as well as the Champions League, scoring 91 goals in 207 appearances.

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