A man who has played with two all-time greats, and now coaches a legend in Barcelona, says a legendary South American pair is “different”
According to Roberto Ayala, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona cannot and should not be compared with a man who played both “Speedy Gonzalez” and “pure art” with the former.
Ayala, who is currently part of the coaching team of Lionel Scaloni with the national side of Argentina, is lucky enough to have graced the same side as two legendary countrymen during his distinguished play career.
Maradona was hitting the end of his tenure as an Albiceleste star when Ayala made his international debut in 1994, with Messi breaking through all those years before the classy defender left in 2007.
The Argentine defender Ayala has also played for the national team and is currently a mentor in the country’s set-up under Lionel Scaloni, told Fox Sports, “I was playing for both of them and I was taking my first steps for Diego. They’re two football legends, so when he retires, Messi will be remembered. I don’t know if he’ll be like Diego, that’s not important.”
Ayala is reluctant to be drawn on his own comment, with the 47-year-old saying that two talismanic countrymen are too “different” to place on the same list.
Through Argentina and domestic game Maradona ruled the planet through iconic spells with the likes of Boca Juniors and Napoli. While Messi has won the Ballon d’Or six times and broken countless records with Barcelona over the course of his career.
At an international basis, he is always looking for a first senior title, with heartache enduring in the finals of Copa America and the World Cup. In all his mannerisms Diego was pure art, Messi a Speedy Gonzalez holding the ball two centimeters from his foot.