Former Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque ended the Maradona-Messi debate by declaring the Barcelona icon as the greatest player of all-time.
Now 33 and nearing the end of his career, Lionel Messi continues to dazzle the world. He’s done exceptionally well in adapting his game, still bringing home countless goals and assists for Barcelona.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner may not play with the same level of pace and intensity he once had, but he’s still as decisive as ever on the pitch. His goal against Napoli on Saturday justified that.
Many regard Messi as the world’s greatest finisher, creator, and passer in the game. While his unique combination of viscous tight control, vision, awareness, and knee-buckling turn of direction are unrivaled.
Such is the Argentine’s greatness that even former Real Madrid manager Del Bosque cannot help but admire him.
He told TyC Sports: “Messi is a player from the neighborhood, from the streets.
“He has a vision of the game, a dominance, and a dribble that is not seen in today’s world. And he does it where he needs to do it, which is near or in the penalty area. He’s presently the best player in the world.”
Meanwhile, the never-ending debate between Messi and fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona is still going strong.
To be fair, it’s quite a tricky one to decide. Both players are from completely different eras, with Maradona starring in the 80s and 90s. Messi, on the other hand, has only played football in the 21st century.
Diego Maradona Jr.: "Messi or Maradona? Diego the God of football, Leo is the best player of humans. Because you can’t compare terrestrials with extraterrestrials, it’s impossible." [sport] pic.twitter.com/KQg81S2Egk
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Many of those who witnessed Maradona at the peak of his abilities tend to vouch in his favor in this debate. While others, namely the younger generation, lean towards Messi.
But 69-year-old Del Bosque has not only seen both players at their peak, but he’s probably one of the most qualified to weigh in on this debate.
“Messi was a great heir to Maradona and I think he has already surpassed the master,” said Spain’s World Cup and European-winning coach.
“Messi is the best player of all time. Maybe someone can refute it.”
Not satisfied with Del Bosque’s verdict? Then check out five legends who think Maradona was the better player.