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Messi the world's 'best'

2011-10-31 07:21

Abu Dhabi - Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona said on Sunday that his compatriot Lionel Messi was the world's best player.

Maradona told Abu Dhabi television that Messi, the Barcelona striker, still had a lot to offer on the pitch.

Maradona, who coaches the Emirati team al-Wasl, was speaking on his 51st birthday. Referring to himself, he said he had done his best as a player and was now interested in developing himself as a coach.

In May, Maradona signed a two-year contract to coach al-Wasl, which is chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, brother of Dubai's ruler.

He called on football fans in the United Arab Emirates, mainly those of al-Wasl, to show up in matches to support their teams.

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Comments
  • Dhirshan - 2011-10-31 08:03

    duh, obviously maradonna would say that coz he is argentinian as well but ronaldo has more of a case. he scores just as much goals as messi, has did it in the epl, can head, has a better physic and more strength and is the prototype for the modern day footballer. and i am a messi fan so i am objective lol.

      Cyrus - 2011-11-21 21:31

      Its not just about goal scoring. Messi creates them as well

  • Ricky - 2011-10-31 08:10

    I have to agree with you Dhirshan !

  • Sihle - 2011-10-31 08:36

    cr7 is a one make show.his arrogance n selfishness make hm a liability if hes having a bad game.on the other hand messi is a complete player even if hes nt doing well he will mk sure his team mates are

  • Andre - 2011-10-31 08:57

    Messi is the best, no cintest! This little guy is the most exciting and skillfull player in the game. He has no equals at present.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2011-10-31 09:00

    its really no contest...Messi is the man,,,Ronaldo wont even make my world team

  • Wayne - 2011-10-31 09:31

    Messi's skills on the ball are absolutely amazing to say the least, But I have to agree that his team playing is what makes this small man stand head and shoulders above the rest. While you are correct Diego, Maybe put some of your regained energies into keeping our up and coming stars off the Coke. Viva Argentina! Viva Rio del Plato!

  • Stephen - 2011-10-31 10:22

    Messi plays to win, Ronaldo plays like a show pony. If Messi has a bad day he still contributes to the team. If Ronaldo has a bad day it's a disaster and he behaves like spoilt brat.

  • mikdabiro - 2011-10-31 10:36

    yes mess is the best but remember they is white pele rooney gools is his food alwys also number one in the warld united for life and 4lever

      Dhirshan - 2011-10-31 11:27

      lol what are you smoking?

      Bob - 2011-10-31 12:54

      Mik, for your sake I hope you are on something and this is not the normal dribble you speak, WTF are you talking about ?.

  • Roger Da Camara - 2011-10-31 13:55

    Maybe if Messi steps out of his comfort zone and left Barcelona for another league and does for them what he does for barca, then I would say his the best player. Ronaldo has done it in Spain and the best league in the world which is England.

  • nchindo.mbukusa - 2011-10-31 16:30

    I am neither an Argentinian nor a Portuguese. Dirshan and Ricky below need to get facts straight: Messi is the best at the moment. Ronaldo shies away in greater matches. Messi stands up when Bracelona needs him most. it is different with Ronaldo.

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