Maradona Jr: “My father and Messi are on different planets”
Diego Maradona Jr has insisted that people who compare his father with Lionel Messi ‘don’t understand football’ after Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia. Messi put Argentina ahead in their World Cup opener from the penalty spot, only for their unfancied opponents to score two goals in the opening eight minutes of the second-half to stun one of the tournament favourites.
The Paris Saint-Germain is at his fifth and final World Cup with this likely to be his last chance at winning the competition, while Maradona famously carried his Argentina side to glory in Mexico back in 1986.
He said: ‘I am devastated by the defeat of Argentina. I find it hard to believe that all this really happened. Losing to Saudi Arabia is crazy,’ he told Radio Marte in Italy. Lionel Messi is FIT to face Mexico having shaken off an ankle problem… with team-mate Lautaro Martinez claiming game against Mexico will be ‘like a FINAL’ after they were stunned in opening defeat to Saudi Arabia
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He added: ‘The comparison between Messi and my dad is made by those who don’t see and don’t understand football. We are talking about two different planets. But I don’t want to throw the cross at Lionel right away.’
Speaking about Argentina’s shocking defeat, he concluded: ‘Sometimes in football you lose even against much weaker opponents. ‘I don’t think Argentina was presumptuous today. Rather, he was afraid . Soccer is like that. If you don’t close the games, even the poorest teams will come after you.’