Lionel Messi has been told that he will “never reach Diego Maradona’s level” by Hector Enrique, a member of Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad.
The Barcelona forward has established a standing among the all-time greats over the course of a stunning career.
He has five Ballons d’Or to his name, nine La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, close to 600 senior goals at club and countless records.
Enrique believes that will ensure that Messi forever sits below the iconic presence of Maradona in the pecking order of finest talents to have ever played the game.
“Messi, unfortunately, has had a hard time in the national team,” he told Ataque Futbolero.
“I hope that in the next World Cup he will have the luck we had, but Messi will never reach Maradona’s level.
“What I want is for Messi to play.
“If he is not having a good time [in the team], it’s better not to come.”