Pochettino explains why most people found it easier to love Maradona than PSG superstar Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi
Mauricio Pochettino has explained why some people like Diego Maradona more than Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are undoubtedly the two greatest Argentina players of all time. While the PSG superstar has won an incredible 7-Ballon d'Or awards, Maradona is a hero in his home country for winning the World Cup in 1986. He is also almost considered a god in Naples for helping Napoli win the Serie A title twice in 1987 and 1990.

Speaking about Lionel Messi and Maradona, Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino highlighted how different they were in expressing themselves. In an interview with German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung, he said:

"Diego was different. In every sense. For example, when it comes to showing your own suffering. Diego was incredibly impulsive, he always reacted immediately. Leo is more introverted, reserved when it comes to showing emotion in public. Let's face it: people want to see their heroes cry, argue, debate, laugh. With Diego, every emotion was immediately visible."

For many years there was a strong belief in Argentina that Lionel Messi never showed his best form for the national team. However, the 35-year-old superstar finally ended his national trophy drought by winning the Copa America tournament in 2021.

Rooney on the Messi and Ronaldo debate: "Everyone has different views on Messi and Ronaldo but I have said many times that I think Messi is the best. I have watched lots of videos of Maradona, who was a similar player, but Messi is better.” [@TimesSport] #mufc

While the nation warmed up to Diego Maradona almost instantly, Lionel Messi has slowly but surely won the Argentine fans over with his stunning performances and brilliant play.

The PSG forward will be determined to do everything in his power to guide Argentina to the World Cup title and cement his legacy as the greatest player of all time.

Lionel Messi is better than Diego Maradona says former Barcelona star Ramon Caldere

Italy v Argentina - Finalissima 2022
Italy v Argentina - Finalissima 2022

In an interview with Infobae, Diego Maradona's former Barcelona teammate Ramon Caldere said that Lionel Messi is better. The 63-year-old said:

“Maradona was a partner. I watched Messi for many years at Barça and in every way he is superior to the rest. Pelusa [Maradona] was aesthetically different. What I saw of him has been incredible. But Lionel Messi is spectacular and unrepeatable.”
Argentina captain Lionel Messi's popularity has risen back in his home country due to multiple events that occurred in 2021 and 2022, as per reputed journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo.
“Leo has just the World Cup of Qatar to finish his masterpiece. What he has done up to here I have not seen anyone do it. Without a doubt, Messi is the best of all time.”

Both Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are revered in their home country of Argentina. With the PSG superstar in fine form this season, it could very well be the year he finally wins the elusive FIFA World Cup trophy.

🇦🇷 Messi: “The time with Maradona was amazing. We got to suffer in the World Cup but I think the whole process was very nice beyond the fact that it ended as it did. He did everything very well too. Because of the way he enjoyed with us, day in and day out.“ @MovistarFutbol

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