Tuesday Jun 23, 2020. 12:00
Cameroon football legend Roger Milla has said that Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona should not be compared against each other, adding that Argentina should celebrate having produced two of the greatest players of all time.
Messi, though he has established himself as a legend in his own time, has often been burdened with comparisons to Diego Maradona – with many arguing that he will always fall short of ‘Dieguito’ unless he can lead the national team back to World Cup glory.
However, Milla – who knows a thing or two about being a legend of the beautiful game – believes comparisons are not warranted.
“I have seen Leo several times, but I have not had the opportunity to talk to him. He is another wonderful footballer,” the Cameroonian told La Nacion, as quoted by Tribal Football.
“When he left Argentina, no one would have imagined that he would be so successful in Barcelona. And if he succeeded, it is because he worked and worked for that.
“Honestly, at that very, very high level, you shouldn’t make a comparison. They [Messi and Maradona] have almost the same football. One thing is certain: they are two great players from two different generations.
“And you have to have something very clear: Argentina was and is lucky to have them. It’s a matter of enjoying them.”