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Lead: Former Roma striker Cassano claims Lionel Messi should be considered ahead of Diego Maradona due to his consistency over the years.
‘There’s someone who ousted him’: Cassano urges Maradona fans to accept Lionel Messi’s superiority.
The debate for who is the greatest footballer in history continues to split the opinions of football lovers across the globe. Fans and pundits have taken turns to air their views on the matter, but it seems we won’t be settling for any name anytime soon.
Former Roma superstar Cassano is the latest ex-footballer to weigh in on the subject. The Italian directed his opinion towards the famous debate in Argentina comparing the greatest player between Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and Napoli legend Diego Maradona.
Cassano has cast his vote for the Barca captain, claiming that his consistent over the years should earn him the upper hand over his counterpart. The Italian believes Messi has ousted Maradona and encouraged the latter’s fans to get over it.
He told Corriere Della sport: “Maradona did something never seen before for 4-5 years, but Messi has been doing the same things for 15 years,
“He’s scored 710 goals and made 300 assists. When he plays, his team is already 1-0 up.
“The Maradona fans must get over it. There’s someone who ousted him.”
That will not sit well with everyone in the football world – especially those that watched Maradona’s genius displays during the 1986 World Cup, where he single-handedly led Argentina to claim the prestigious trophy.
Nevertheless, there will be several people who will share Cassano’s views. Messi has done enough to be considered the greatest footballer of all time. The Argentine has the highest number of Ballon d’Or awards (6) as well as the most European Golden Shoes (6).
Messi has bagged over 700 career goals within just 15 years. This season, he’s scored 24 goals and set up 16 for Barcelona across all competitions.
He is currently spending time in isolation following the suspension of elite football In Europe amid the coronavirus crisis.