Diego Maradona also insists that his countryman could not do what he did in his career.
Messi disappointed in the UCL game at Napoli where Maradona at one time played.
He is usually supportive of his fellow Argentine, but wanted this time Napoli to beat Messi and Barcelona.
Now the game is over, he still appreciates his compatriot, he believes that Messi is the best but he could not handle what he handled as a player.
He said: “Messi is an enormous talent and a very good boy.”
“He must continue his career and his life knowing that he is the best football player today.”
“Even though he didn’t play a great game against Napoli.”
The Gimansia la Plata boss insists that when he played, there was more scrutiny, and his every move was watched.
He doesn’t believe Messi could handle it.
He added: “I would have liked to have faced Messi.”
“[But] he arrived at a San Paolo in decline.”
“Messi has never lived what I experienced, but he can play safely in Naples.”
“He couldn’t do what I did, let’s clarify, but I’d like the Neapolitans to have a Messi.”
He may have a valid point.
It is true Barcelona will be a top side with or without Messi. Unlike Napoli who was only a top side because of Maradona.