Nou Camp hero will go down as the greatest player ever says Argentine legend.
Argentina legend Ossie Ardiles claims Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer ever – even better than Pele and Diego Maradona.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager says the only difference between Messi and ex-team-mate Maradona is that the 23-year-old is better.
Ardiles, who helped nurture Maradona for the national side, believes Messi is at a higher level than the greats because the Catalan hero has to play with more pressure.
“I think there is only one player you can compare with Messi, and that is Maradona, and in many ways they are very similar,” Ardiles said.
“But for some time I have thought that Diego could never be surpassed, and nor could Pele, but no longer.
“I would now say that Lionel Messi will go down in history as the No1 player of all time, the best that there ever was.
“The big difference is that Maradona played in Argentina, then in Italy, while Pele stayed in Brazil, and during their time the pressures were less intense than they are now.
“Messi is under pressure all the time, and has to play in incredibly high intensity games all of the time, the Champions League being the perfect example.”