Lionel Messi won’t ever be capable of higher Diego Maradona “even when he wins 4 World Cups in a row”, in keeping with Argentina legend Mario Kempes.
The ahead lastly ended his worldwide drought with the Albiceleste after claiming a long-awaited maiden Copa America triumph in opposition to Brazil on Saturday.
It leaves the World Cup because the lone main honour the 34-year-old is but to gather for membership – with Barcelona – and nation, however now Kempes has claimed that, for all his achievements, he’ll at all times be within the shadow of his late compatriot, a cultural icon inside his house nation and around the globe.
“For Messi, the misfortune is that he was the substitute for Diego Maradona,” Kempes, who gained the World Cup in 1978, informed ESPN . “And it is extremely tough to overshadow Diego, with the idolatry that he has obtained around the globe
“If [Messi] needs to be higher than Maradona, he isn’t going to realize it even when he wins 4 World Cups in a row.
“He nonetheless hasn’t gained the World Cup. Regardless of what number of [titles he] wins or what he wins, it might by no means be in comparison with what Diego did.”