Diego Maradona Jr says people who compare his father with Lionel Messi ‘don’t understand football’ insisting they’re on ‘two different planets’ and that Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia is ‘crazy’
- Argentina suffered one of the all-time biggest World Cup shocks defeats
- Lionel Messi scored the opener before Saudi Arabia pulled back to win 2-1
- Diego Maradona led his Argentina side to win the World Cup back in 1986
- Messi still has the World Cup missing from his illustrious list of trophies
- Diego Maradona Jr says he and his father are both on ‘different planets’
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Diego Maradona Jr has insisted that people who compare his father with Lionel Messi ‘don’t understand football’ after Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Messi put Argentina ahead in their World Cup opener from the penalty spot, only for their unfancied opponents to score two goals in the opening eight minutes of the second-half to stun one of the tournament favourites.
The Paris Saint-Germain is at his fifth and final World Cup with this likely to be his last chance at winning the competition, while Maradona famously carried his Argentina side to glory in Mexico back in 1986.
Lionel Messi is not on the same level as Diego Maradona according to the latter’s son
As reported by AS Sport, Maradona Jr has claimed that his iconic father and Messi are not on the same level.
He said: ‘I am devastated by the defeat of Argentina. I find it hard to believe that all this really happened. Losing to Saudi Arabia is crazy,’ he told Radio Marte in Italy.
He added: ‘The comparison between Messi and my dad is made by those who don’t see and don’t understand football. We are talking about two different planets. But I don’t want to throw the cross at Lionel right away.’
Diego Maradona Jr (left) said people who compare the two greats ‘don’t understand football’
Speaking about Argentina’s shocking defeat, he concluded: ‘Sometimes in football you lose even against much weaker opponents.
‘I don’t think Argentina was presumptuous today. Rather, he was afraid . Soccer is like that. If you don’t close the games, even the poorest teams will come after you.’
After the game, a stunned Messi said that it’s a hard blow for everyone, as per Argentina’s official Twitter account.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar said: ‘We knew that (Saudi) Arabia is a team with good players, that moves the ball well and that advances the line a lot. We work on it, but we speed up a bit.
‘There are no excuses. We are going to be more united than ever. This group is strong and they have shown it.
Maradona won the World Cup in 1986 while Messi has an up-hill challenge to win his first
‘It is a situation that we did not have to go through in a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real group.
‘It’s a very hard blow for everyone, we didn’t expect to start like this. Things happen for a reason. We have to prepare for what’s coming, we have to win or win and it depends on us.
‘We have to go back to the base of who we are. We have to think about what’s to come.’