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Fabio Capello lauds Lionel Messi as the greatest ever along with Pele and Maradona

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Diego Maradona,Pele and Lionel Messi are the greatest ever according to Capello

Former Real Madrid manager, Fabio Capello, has opined that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, is among the best players of all time, along with Napoli legend Diego Maradona and former Santos superstar, Pele.

Speaking to Fox Sports Italia, the former Juventus boss expressed his opinion on the trio, claiming that they are the best ever because they awed the fans with their divinity on the pitch.  

"Pele, Maradona and Messi; these are the biggest three in the history of football,” said Capello. “These are the three that entertained people and stood up to the fans whenever they graced the pitch. And at the end of the game, the fans applaud them.”

The former England manager also wished the current Argentina captain good luck for his health since it is the most important aspect for a footballer in order to have a prolonging career.  

"Messi, thanks for what you show us and good luck with your health because for us it is very important to be able to always see you on the field."

Fabio Capello finally went on to reveal his admiration for Lionel Messi, stating, "I've never seen a player with such quality at this age coupled with that personality as well as representing such a prestigious club [Barcelona]. Messi is a great champion, he can do whatever he wants with the ball at his feet."

Capello’s comments come right after Lionel Messi desecrated Sevilla’s defence at the Sanchez Pijuan. The Copa America finalist might not have had a great year with the national team like Cristiano Ronaldo did, but he is certainly in better form than the Portuguese and it would be interesting to see whether his form would award hi a sixth Ballon d’Or.

Indeed, the former Newell’s kid is so important for the teams that he plays for that they struggle without his assuring presence on the pitch. Argentina’s dire state in the World Cup Qualifiers when Lionel Messi was enjoying his temporary retirement is a testament to that fact.

La Albiceleste were so terrible that the reigning Ballon d’Or holder had to come back out of retirement in order to save his national team from the blushes. 


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