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A legendary Argentina striker has something interesting to say about Leo Messi and Diego Maradona

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.

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“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.”

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