Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that Lionel Messi isn’t quite the match of his former teammate Diego Maradona.
The likes of former Barca striker Patrick Kluivert, Messi’s team-mate Pedro and Deportivo La Coruna coach Miguel Angel Lotina all claiming Messi is a better player than Maradona in his pomp.
However Guardiola believes that it is too early to make such comparisons.
Guardiola told reporters that : “The comparison with the four best players of all time can only be made when he retires,”
“For my generation, Maradona is the greatest that we have seen and I don’t think that will change.”
However, the Barca coach believes Messi will continue to blossom.
He added that : “We have to let Leo get on with his career because he is very young and we need to give him continuity, for the good of the game,”.