- Hernan Crespo says Messi can stand alongside Argentina legend Diego Maradona
- Messi is yet to win title with the national team
- Crespo admits it is difficult to be Messi, saying football owes him
Former Argentine striker Hernan Crespo has admitted that it is very difficult to be in Lionel Messi’s shoes, saying despite that the Barcelona star is yet to win the World Cup or Copa America, football owes him, GOAL reports.
Crespo believes that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s lack of an international trophy will not diminish his greatness even when his career ends.
Messi has reached three Copa America finals as well as one World Cup final and lost all of them. He is still waiting on a first senior triumph with Argentina.
There have been suggestions and discussions that the 32-year-old only needs to win a national laurel before he can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 1986 hero Diego Maradona.
However, Crespo says the case of Messi is different and that the Barcelona play maker already has a place among the very best to play the game.
"It is very difficult to be Messi, nobody can put himself in his place as nobody could, at the time, put himself in Maradona’s place,” Crespo told Ole.
“It is impossible to know what they think and what they live.
“It makes me happy to see him play in the national team, I would love, as an Argentine also, to see him become world champion.
“Leo is a guy who has been at a very high level for many years, receives kicks, gets up and carries on, always working.
“Actually, if you think about it, somehow it is soccer that owes Messi. But that is not going to take away greatness.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona assistant manager Eder Sarabia has claimed that Lionel Messi is the best footballer in history, adding that the Argentine is arguably the best sportsman, according to reports from BeSoccer.
The tactician discussed several topics on a live Instagram chat with former Tennis player Alex Corretja and mentioned Messi as a unique individual.
He described Lionel Messi’s attitude to the game on and off the pitch as well as his player’s mode of relating with his team-mates and so on.
Sarabia further talked about the player’s actions on the bench when they faced Real Madrid in an El Clasico cracker.
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