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Diego Maradona was ‘pure art,’ Lionel Messi a ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ - Roberto Ayala

The former defender has compared the two greats

Argentina v Venezuela: Quarterfinal - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images

Roberto Ayala has been talking about Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi and the differences between the two Argentinian greats.

There is always plenty of conjecture regarding which of the two can be considered the greatest, but the former defender says they are different players and difficult to compare.

“I played with both of them, with Diego I was taking my first steps. They are two footballing giants, and when he retires, Messi will be remembered,” he said.

“I don’t know if it’ll be like Diego, it doesn’t matter. They are different.

“Diego was pure art in all his mannerisms, Messi a Speedy Gonzalez who carries the ball two centimetres from his foot.”

Source | Fox Sports

Ayala now works as Lionel Scaloni’s assistant with the Argentina national team and also spoke about Messi’s influence at international level. The 47-year-old said the team must take advantage of having their captain in the ranks and added that he hopes Messi can “make us grow as a team.”

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