Messi is better than Pele, Maradona according to Humberto Maschio

Argentine great Humberto Maschio hails Lionel Messi as the greatest of all time. 

The 87-year old considers Messi as the greatest among the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Maschio told Clarin: “I’ve seen Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff – I’ve seen them all. But Messi is the best.

“I’ve faced some of those myself but I repeat, again, Messi is the best.”

He added: “They were great players in their time but the pace of the modern game is so different. Just look at the goals Messi has scored.

“Leo doesn’t run around much on the pitch but when he needs to, it’s as if the ball is stuck to his feet.

“I’ve seen players with unbelievable pace but when they have the ball, they slow down. Yet with Leo it’s the opposite and he does it in such a fantastic way.”

The Argentine first burst on to the scene as a gifted teenager, coming through the ranks of La Masia academy and now has 633 goals for Barcelona through 729 appearances.

Lionel Messi has 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League cups to his name.

The 33-year old scored 30 goals and 26 assists in just 42 appearances across all competitions in 2019/20 season.


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