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Maradona: I wish Ronaldo was Argentine

Argentina icon Diego Maradona prefers Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo, but would happily have taken the Madrid man for the Albiceleste.

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal

Diego Maradona would have liked to see Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo line up alongside Lionel Messi for Argentina's national side, although he is adamant he still prefers the Barcelona forward.

Maradona is full of praise for Ronaldo, but he would still take Messi over the Portugal superstar regardless of his inability to deliver Argentina the world title.

"Cristiano is an animal," Maradona told TyC Sports. "I wish he was Argentine.

"But I still prefer Messi. He is enjoying playing football and goes by opponents with ease.

"Leo cannot deliver the World Cup on his own. Even if he does not win a World Cup, we will still remember him."

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