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7 reasons why Lionel Messi or anyone shouldn't take Diego Maradona seriously

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Lionel Messi played under Diego Maradona for Argentina 
Modified 02 Jul 2016, 14:00 IST
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Diego Armando Maradona is one of the most repeated names when people discuss about the greatest players to ever play football. During his time as a player, he was just magic—beating defenders at will while scoring impossible goals in the process.

It was this ability that made him such a revered figure in football. However, as a person, he is just the polar opposite of the player that he was—a grotesque caricature made out of vibrant colours.

In a life full of controversies, he has done some outrageous things to lose the respect that he earned as a player. There are many people who love him, most of them are the ones that saw him play, but even more loathe him for his volatile nature.

He hit the news once again when he claimed that his successor Lionel Messi lacked personality and character to lead Argentina, despite leading Argentina to three consecutive finals. 

His comments didn’t ring too well around the ears of Messi fans. He might have said that he wants Messi to be back for the national team, but we doubt that people took his comments seriously.

Even if they did, here are 7 instances of insolence from Maradona that show why he shouldn’t be taken seriously at all…

1) Claims to be the best

Cristiano Ronaldo has used lesser number of hair-gel bottles than the number of times Diego Maradona has claimed to be the best footballer in the history of mankind. He doesn’t need any occasion or cause for claiming his superiority over the others.


However, the thing that sets him off the most is when Pele makes a similar prerogative about himself. A shark might choose to not attack a person with a bleeding wound, but it is impossible for Maradona to not respond to Pele when the latter makes such statements.

He might be the best ever—that argument is highly debatable—but when you claim your supremacy more often than people drink water during summer, you have a problem.

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Published 02 Jul 2016, 13:40 IST
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