• Antonio Cassano believes his former Actual Madrid team-mate Ronaldo was “a soccer god” however charges Lionel Messi above him.


Modified 30 Mar 2020, 05:22 IST

Barcelona ahead Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has “ousted” Diego Maradona as Argentina’s biggest quantity 10, in line with former Italy worldwide Antonio Cassano.

Messi’s consistency over such an extended interval has made him the best participant Argentina has produced in line with Cassano, who has referred to as for Maradona’s followers to simply accept that the Barcelona talisman deserves to be recognised as the most effective.

Cassano helped Actual Madrid to the 2006-07 LaLiga title on the expense of Barca and Messi, however that success in Spain has not altered his opinion on the ahead.

“Maradona did one thing by no means seen earlier than for 4 or 5 years, however Messi has carried out the identical issues for 15 years,” he mentioned in an interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“He has made 710 targets and 300 assists. When he performs you begin with a 1-Zero lead.

“The ‘Maradonians’ have to simply accept it: there’s somebody who has ousted him.”

Cassano revealed that, previous to Messi shifting to the highest of the checklist, he believed Brazil striker Ronaldo – a former Madrid team-mate – was the sport’s biggest.

“We have been shedding 1-Zero at dwelling,” Cassano recalled. “The entire stadium was whistling, particularly him [Ronaldo].

“Within the locker room the coach removes Ronnie to place [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy on, however he [Ronaldo] stops him and says ‘no, you’re taking me off in 15 minutes if I have not scored two targets’.

“Minute 15: 2-1 and two targets from Ronaldo. I mentioned that if there’s a soccer god, it’s Ronaldo. Then I found that Messi is above him.”

Revealed 30 Mar 2020, 05:22 IST

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