Despite all the controversy that has surrounded his personal life and his career over the years, it is still fair to say that Diego Maradona is one of the greatest players to ever set foot on a football pitch but there is a new Argentina star around these days.
“People compete a lot more [in South America] and they mark him a lot tighter as well”.
“It’s different in South America”.
He said, “We have the best player in the world and he scores four goals against Real Sociedad but comes here and doesn’t touch the ball”.
Since the Copa America final, the Argentine media has gone back in forth between Messi-bashing and Messi-defending. “It’s an accumulation of things that mean Messi’s numbers with Barca don’t translate to the national team”.
Well, Diego Godin does have a point, with Messi not really being a goalscorer but more of a play maker with Argentina, whereas with FC Barcelona he is more of a playmaking forward who does the damage more in the final third.
He scored just one goal in six appearances for his nation in contrast to the spectacular season he had with Barcelona in Spain.
The former World Cup victor and Argentina coach also added that the only way he (Messi) will improve for the national team is by coming in for criticism.
The award was given to Messi on the same day UEFA announced that he joined nine other footballers on the shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award and early indications are that the La Masia graduate is the favourite to win his fifth Ballon d’Or again next January.