A legendary Argentina striker has explained why FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will never surpass Diego Maradona as the greatest footballer in Argentine football history.
There has been an on-going debate about who is the Argentine footballer of all time, which mostly involves Messi and Maradona.
Messi is Argentina’s all-time top scorer but is yet to win a major trophy with the senior national side, whereas Maradona led the nation to World Cup success in 1986.
“For me, [Maradona] was the greatest of all,” Batistuta told Corriere dello Sport.
“Diego also represents Argentina in many things, not just football. He was the first player that took us to the stars, winning the World Cup. He has charisma, he had a rare talent and imagination.
“Messi, even if technically he is the same or perhaps superior, cannot match him. Lionel lacks Maradona’s charisma.
“Diego could command a stadium, have everyone watch him. I played with him and I can tell you how technically decisive he was for the team. I saw what happens in life when you are next to Diego.
“Although I do not agree with many things that he does – his lifestyle choices are not mine, I’m almost the opposite – we both have a good relationship and, for me, he is and will remain the greatest.”