Lionel Messi has surpassed Diego Maradona as the best player of all time, according to Argentina’s World Cup-winning coach Lionel Scaloni.
If I had to select one one, Leo would be it since we have a specific connection. Although Maradona was brilliant, Scaloni believes he is the greatest of all time, as he told the Spanish radio station Cope on Tuesday.
After Messi led the team to World Cup victory last month for the first time since Maradona inspired them to victory in 1986, Argentina supporters, who have always favoured Maradona above Messi, appear to be changing their minds.
Messi was enjoying a break from international competition when Scaloni took over as Argentina’s head coach in 2018, following the disastrous World Cup in Russia. Scaloni also stated that communicating with Messi was his main priority.
Our first step was to video chat with Messi. The first thing we said to him was, “Come back,” to which he replied that he felt honoured. We’ll be waiting for you. We did that, and eight months later he returned and found a terrific group, Scaloni remarked.
Training Messi is not difficult. Technically, you can’t correct him, but there are times when you may instruct him on how to push or attack. When he smells blood, he is unrivalled.
Scaloni also defended Emiliano Martinez, who was chastised for his overly passionate celebrations following Argentina’s triumph, including making an insulting gesture upon getting the Golden Glove award and clutching a plastic baby with Kylian Mbappe’s face on it during the open-top bus parade.
He is a wonderful man, but there are some attitudes he will not tolerate. He’s like a youngster. He is a terrific man, and the group has benefited much from his magnetism, according to Scaloni.