Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona, It’s always a debatable topic for both fans to decide who is the greatest of all time. In this post, we will decide which of the two Argentine is the best of all time?
It’s almost impossible for any fans to decide who is the best player. So we thought of analyzing and comparing both legends on the basis of stats and figures and judging them on different factors to understand who is the best.
Diego Maradona is the greatest Argentine player. There is no comparison of Argentine legend(Diego Maradona) and then Lionel Messi came along and changed everything.
Comparing the two legends of different eras is quite difficult for anyone. We have done some extensive work and gather some useful information. Let’s check out this ultimate guide to understand which Argentine international should be analyzed as the better player.
Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Trophies and Personal Accolades)
If you go with the numbers, Messi is way ahead of Maradona. Messi has won 10 league titles while on the other side Maradona has 3 league titles. He has a total of 24 domestic trophies while Maradona had 8. Messi has not influential as much as Maradona for his national side. Messi has never won any international trophy while Maradona single-handedly led Argentina to the World Cup.
It is unfair to compare Maradona with Messi in terms of individual accolades. Maradona was the best player of his generation but he was not qualified for football’s most prestigious award until 1995. It was only for European players until 1995 after that it was expanded to become open for any player at a European club.
Fifa World Player of the Year came into existence after 1991. So Maradona is not a part of this award until he was 31. While Messi has won a record-breaking six Ballons d’Or overtaking Ronaldo and 2 Fifa best player award in his career.
Furthermore, Messi has won the La Liga Best Player award eight times. However, the Serie A best player award was not originated until 1997.
The similarity between the two players are they both have won Fifa World Cup Golden Ball. The biggest accomplishment of Maradona was winning Fifa Player of the Century in 2000.
Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Goalscoring)
In the goal-scoring department, Leo again is ahead of Maradona. We will not see any better goalscorer than Messi again. Messi has been the most consistent player in the history of football. He has scored 638 goals in 740 appearances for Barcelona.
There is no doubt about Maradona’s goal-scoring ability. He is known for his dribbling skills. He scored 259 goals at the club level.
Messi Overall goals for the club and the country is way ahead of Maradona. He has scored more than 700 goals for club and country with Maradona’s 300. Messi has won six European Golden Shoes. Leo is the highest goalscorer for his club and country. He also broke the record of Gerd Muller for the most goals scored in a calendar year (91).
Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Tenure)
Both Maradona and Messi are above the rest in the early stage of their career. Maradona was more dominant than Messi at a younger age. He got the national call up at the teenage of 16 and till 20 he has amazed the world with his talent scoring 100 goals at senior level.
Messi started playing for Barcelona at 17 and got the argentine cap at 18. He has started showing what he is capable of when he scored the hat trick against the mighty Real Madrid at an age of 19.
After reaching 30 both players become the legend of the game. Messi has broken almost all records and won the sixth Ballon d’Or. While Maradona’s footballing career started to downfall after 30. He suffered an injury in his late-career which almost finished his career in Argentina.
Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Flexibility)
Messi has been the legend of the game while playing for a single club Barcelona. There is no other player who is more dominant than Messi for a single club in the history of the game. He has done it for more than 10 years for Barcelona.
While Messi has settled in Barcelona and has no desire to leave his club. Maradona was a more flexible player and been consistent for the different clubs winning multiple trophies with three different teams.
I think when we talk about the dribbles we have to talk about both Argentine legends. They are the top 2 best dribbles of all time. Dribbling is the most difficult skill in football and both Messi and Maradona have done it with ease. Both are known for his natural dribbling skills. Both players can torture any defense with their insane dribbling skills.
Maradona was completely unstoppable against the England team in the world cup 1986. His solo goal against England was said to be one of the best goals of all time. He had torn the midfield and the defense of England with his close control.
Talking about the consistency, goalscoring, longevity, and all-around capability Messi had done far better as compared to Maradona.
If we see the fitness, skills, and professionalism of this generation player as compared to the 1980s and 90s there is a major gap. So I think it quite difficult for any player to score goals against the top defenders of this generation and Messi has done it for so long. In this aspect, Messi has an edge over Maradona.
One of the biggest Achievement of Maradona is winning the World Cup for Argentina. Messi has criticized a lot in the past for not winning any international trophy with the national team. Fans believe that Messi is not the same player when he used to play with Argentina. That’s not quite true, scoring more than 70 goals and the highest goalscorer for his country is something everybody will not achieve.
Though Messi is a star player in Argentina, his performance in the World cup is poor. He has never scored any goal other than the group stage despite being part of the four world cup. But we never forget the Messi has reached the World cup final in 2014 giving some memorable performance for his team.
Maradona on the other side is an Argentina star. Argentina fans always rated Maradona ahead of Messi. Maradona was the dominant force in the 1986 world cup scoring five goals and recorded five assists as he inspired Argentina to a world cup win in 1986.
Messi also fell short on multiple occasions of winning Copa America for his country. He had been a part of five Copa America appearances, scoring knockout goals only on two occasions and falling short in all three losing finals.
Maradona’s performance is so remarkable in the world cup many, believe it was the finest individual performance of any player in the history of the world cup. His breathtaking doubles against England and Belgium in the knockout stage and a late assist for Jorge Burruchaga’s in the final shows the mental strength of a player in big games. He also played an integral part in taking Argentina to the world cup final in 1990.
While Messi is not able to show the performance for Argentina when it really matters, his records and scoring in the big games for Barcelona cant be compared to anyone.
He is one of the players who always been there for Barcelona when the stage is big. He has scored 2 Champions League final goal which is the most for any player in the history including some big names like Raul Gonzalez and Daniele Massaro.
Messi is the player with the most assists(14) in the knockout stages of the Champions League. He is also the top scorer in El Clasico with remarkable 26 Clasico goals.
On the other side, Maradona’s big game display can’t be ignored. He is the most influential player for his club. He always scored for the team at the club level when it needed the most. His memorable performance against Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Stuttgart will not be forgotten at any time soon. He led the team to UEFA Cup glory in 1989 which is the most difficult competition than the Champions League at that time. He helped Napoli to win another league title in 1990.
I don’t think it needs any clarifications in terms of leadership. Maradona with Pele is one of those players who inspired the generation to play the beautiful game. His influence at the club and national level are still incomparable. Messi was lacking leadership skills in Argentina.
Eric Cantona said earlier “Some say Pele was the greatest player of all time, but not me. Maradona will always be the greatest. He won World Cup in 1986, narrowly lost in the final in 1990, and then in 1994 maybe would have won it again had he not been banned. The crucial difference with Pele is that Maradona wasn’t surrounded by great players; he had to carry the team himself. If you took Maradona out of Argentina they would not win the World Cup, but I think Brazil without Pele would still have won.”
Sir Bobby Robson stated “A genius, a real artist, one of the greatest players in the world. He could win a match on his own. On his own.”
Messi has won four Champions Leagues and broken multiple records in Barcelona. His club accomplishment is just insane and compared to none. While Maradona was a part of two seasons scoring 2 goals in 6 appearances.
But it is unfair to compare Maradona with Messi, as only the winners of their domestic leagues fitted for a European Cup qualification. Maradona sparks Napoli to success in the Uefa Cup, which is his biggest achievement at the club level due to the presence of each league’s top teams in the competition.
Maradona has won 1 world cup, 1 UEFA cup, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Italian super cup, and a 2 time Italian Champion. The trophy haul is something you have to give credit to the Argentine legend.
Though Messi’s trophy list is just out of this world at the club level. During his whole career in Barcelona, he has won ten La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey, 8 Spanish super cups and 3 club world cup, 3 UEFA super cup, and four Champions Leagues.
I think both players have a massive impact on their clubs and country. Both are the legends of the game. It’s unfair to come up with a resolution. They both have inspired the generation of the players and each had a huge impact on world football.
It feels that Maradona had been a great leader, but was less decorated. While Messi scored more goals and won multiple trophies, but always fall short with the national team and criticized a lot for his leadership skill.
Maradona has been a greater role model in Argentina. He is remembered for his heroics at the biggest stage i.e world cup.
While Messi, on the other side not been a fan favorite in Argentina. If we talk about longevity and consistency for a longer period of time it would be Messi who has maintained his fitness and consistently performed during his career. Although Maradona more ahead than Messi in terms of Mentality.
So comparing the two on different parameters I think the best players of different eras can’t be compared to each other. Best players are always been the best in any era they play.
Let’s just enjoy the game of both legends!
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Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
Footballers earn a lot of money with their profession. In this article, we will check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Soccer is the most renowned and the followed game around the world. Football is a global sport that is played in over 200 countries worldwide. The game has more than 3.5 billion fans across the planet. The craze of this game is on the next level.
Football is also one of the most-watched sports nowadays. being the most popular games, there are footballers who make a lot of wealth from their profession.
You might have heard about some footballers who are making millions and billions with their profession. Let’s come straight to the point and check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
First, we will talk about the other top 5 richest footballers who unable to make it in the top 10 list.
Other Top 5 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
5 Mohamed Salah (90 Million)
Salah is one of the top players for Liverpool over the years. He joined Liverpool in 2017 for a fee of £36.5 million. Salah was getting a salary of £90,000 per week and the deal to be closed is for 3 years. His master class performance for the club and his contract extension in 2018 helped him to increase his earnings to £220,000 per week.
The contract extension also made Salah one of the highest-paid footballers in the premier league beating the likes of Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Sergio Aguero, Kevin Debruyne, and David De Gea.
The total net worth of Mo Salah estimated around $90 million in 2021.
4 Pele (100 Million)
He may be a retired player but at the peak of his time, he makes a lot of wealth with football. Pele was a national hero and a club legend for Santos. Pele is regarded as one of the best football players of all time.
Pele’s net worth is estimated around $100 million in 2021.
3 Francesco Totti (101.6 Million)
Francesco Totti is one of the most popular names in Italian football history. He is known as the king of Rome. His contribution to his club AS Roma is unmatchable. Totti is an offensive playmaker mostly known for his vision, technique, and goalscoring ability. Totti is considered one of the greatest Italian players and a living legend in Roma.
Francesco Totti’s net worth is estimated at around $101.6 million, making him on the number 13 in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
2 Kylian Mbappe (110 Million)
Mbappe is the best young talent in football. His rise started in Monaco and after that, he never looked back. Kylian joined PSG from Monaco in 2017 on loan however later the Ligue 1 side got impressed with his performance and signed him on a permanent deal of whopping £174 million for his services.
Mbappe is the second most expensive football player just behind his teammate Neymar. He made his debut for France in 2017, at age 18. His performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup shown that he had a great future ahead. Mbappe became the youngest French player ever to score at a World Cup, and just the second teenager, after the great Pele, to score in a World Cup Final.
Due to many reliable sources, Mbappe’s net worth estimated at around $110 million in 2021.
1 Eden Hazard (120 Million)
Eden Hazard is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for La Liga top club Real Madrid. He is known for his world-class dribbling and passing. He was rated as one of the best wingers of his generation.
After winning the Europa League with Chelsea in June 2019, he moved to Real Madrid with a transfer fee of €150 million.
Eden Hazard’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million, making him the top player who unable to make it in the list of top 10 richest footballers in the world in 2021.
Now let’s check out the top 10 richest footballers in the world 2021:-
Top 10 Richest Footballers In The World 2021
10 Mesut Ozil (120 Million)
Mesut Ozil is a German professional footballer who holds the position of an attacking midfielder. Ozil is known for creativity, passing, and vision. The German international is known as one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen. Ozil now moved to Fenerbahçe from Arsenal in 2021.
Ozil also holds the world record for the most German Player of the Year awards(5). Mesut Ozil’s net worth is estimated at around $120 million in 2021.
9 Andres Iniesta (120 Million)
FC Barcelona legendary midfielder and Spain’s most important player in history does not need any introduction in this list. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders ever grace the footballing pitch. Iniesta was an integral part of Barcelona for so many years, where he served as the captain for three seasons.
He moved to the club Japanese side Vissel Kobe from Barcelona in 2018. Andres Iniesta has an estimated net worth of $120 million in 2021, where most of his earnings came due to a long spell at Camp Nou.
8 Gareth Bale (145 Million)
Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays in the winger position. He was playing for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid. This speedster is number eight in our list of richest footballers in the world in 2021.
He has been identified as the Welsh Footballer of the Year a record six times. In 2016, ESPN listed him in twelfth position among the most famous athletes around the world.
Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham broke the previous world record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and became the most expensive signing in the history of club football at that time. Gareth Bale has an estimated net worth of $145 million in 2021.
7 Alexandre Pato (145 Million)
Alexandre Pato is a Brazilian professional footballer who is an active footballer and plays as a forward for Orlando City in Major League Soccer.
Alexandre Pato’s estimated net worth is around $145 Million, making him the 7th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
6 Wayne Rooney (170 Million)
Wayne Rooney is an English legend who played most of his career for the club Manchester United. He is regarded as one of the best footballers of his era. He scored 253 goals for Manchester United which makes him the player with the most goals in Manchester United history.
Rooney’s scored a total of 208 Premier League goals making him the number 2 in the list of top scorers of all time in the history of Premier League. He has also won the England Player of the Year award four times in his career i.e 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015.
Wayne Rooney’s total net worth is estimated at around $170 million that made him the sixth richest footballer in the world in 2021.
5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (190 Million)
Zlatan is a Swedish international who plays as a striker for Serie A club AC Milan. Ibrahimovic is widely known as the best striker the world has ever seen. Despite his age, he is still delivering for his club in the league and European competitions. He is one of the most decorated footballers, winning a total of 31 trophies during his career.
Reliable source claim that Zlatan had an estimated net worth of $190 Million. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like sports drinks, Microsoft Xbox, Nivea, and Volvo.
4 Neymar Jr (200 Million)
Neymar Jr. is currently one of the best Brazilian footballers. He plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He is widely known for his skill moves and his outstanding dribbling ability.
Neymar moves to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona with a record-shattering transfer fee of €222 million, making him the most valuable player ever in the history of football. SportsPro labeled him as one of the most marketable athletes in the world in 2012 and 2013.
Forbes listed him as the world’s third highest-paid athlete in 2020. Neymar’s net worth is estimated at around $200 million in 2021 making him the 4th richest footballer in the world in 2021.
3 Lionel Messi (400 Million)
Lionel Messi himself is a brand, there is no introduction needed for this man in the world of football. He has sponsorship deals with big brands like Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi, Gillette, and Turkish Airlines.
Messi is currently the third richest footballer in the world in 2021. He has several valuable sponsorship deals with some of the highest-paying brands.
According to Forbes, Lionel Messi is the second billionaire footballer after Cristiano Ronaldo. His estimated net worth in 2021 is $400 million.
2 David Beckham (450 Million)
David Beckham is an English retired professional player. He is rated as one of the greatest footballers ever in the history of football. He is known for his passing ability, crossing, and classic free-kicks. Beckham has been recognized as the greatest midfielders of his generation.
Beckham has always been ranked among the highest earners in football. In 2013 he was ranked as the highest-paid player in the world. David Beckham’s net worth is estimated at around $450 million. This made him the second richest footballer in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021.
1 Cristiano Ronaldo (500 Million)
Ronaldo means a business that’s how we can describe this man. He is one of the greatest players in the history of football. Ronaldo makes more than €30 Million annually at Juventus.
He also has sponsorship deals with brands like Nike, Herbalife, Dazn, and MTG. Ronaldo also has its own brand which includes 7egend, CR7 Fitness, CR7 Footwear, and CR7 Denim.
Ronaldo was ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2016 and 2017. He is number 1 in the list of richest football players. His total net worth is estimated at around $500 million in 2021.
Spain Held the Draw vs Greece In the Opening World Cup Qualifying Match
Spain held the frustrating draw vs Greece in the opening fixture of the 2022 world cup qualifier.
It was a hard day for Spain after they were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture against Greece. The game was a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup which was held on Thursday.
Alvaro Morata was the first player to register his names on the scoresheet after he scored a close-range clinical finish goal against Greece assisted by Dani Olmo just after 32 minutes.
However, things started turning out for Greeks as they gifted a penalty after the substitute Inigo Martinez had been penalized for his rash tackle against the Greek midfielder Giorgos Masouras.
Martinez on the other side was not at all happy with the decision, he insisted to go for VAR for the validity of the decision during the match.
He added, “Obviously, I’m not at all happy. It’s a moment that they make you pay for. We’re not satisfied with the draw and with the implementation of VAR it would’ve been a different story,”.
“It’s a 50-50 challenge and I have to get there to defend it. I can’t hold myself. I pull my leg away after the tackle and I don’t mean to do any damage. He was sharp and stayed down, It’s also strange that the referee took so long to blow it for a penalty. It was the pivotal moment in the game.”
Anastasios Bakasetas has taken the advantage of the penalty and scored it against Spain to astonish Luis Enrique’s side.
Luis Enrique added, “I’m not a fan of the result at all, we wanted that little bit of influence,”. “What I did like was the character and the rhythm of the players, but when we got approaching Greece’s box we weren’t at it.
“We lack to generate more threat. We seize the opponent back into their box but we just didn’t have the fire or conceive the chance you want to make at this level.”
Morata got another chance later in the game but he headed straight to the keeper. Spain was in complete control of the game what they lacked is to convert those chances into goals.
Spain has a game against Georgia in their second qualifier on Sunday. We have to wait and see will Spain does a comeback in the second qualifier.
Top 7 Best Strikers In Premier League 2020/21
Premier League has seen some of the great strikers over the years. Let’s check out the top 7 best strikers in Premier League 2020/21.
The Premier League is one of the top leagues in Europe. It is the most demanding and competing league in the world which makes it more challenging for strikers to cite their dominance. But despite being in the most competitive league, the competition has managed to deliver some of the best strikers the world has ever seen.
The Premier League has been rolling up and down since the start of the season. It’s the same story this season, teams are playing hard in order to be on the top 4 of the Premier League table. The English Premier League still looks to be more open and we can see some ups and downs in the position at the end of the season.
The start of Premier League season 2020-21 has already seen strikers scoring a multitude of goals and today we take a look at some of the best strikers in the Premier League this season.
Although, the current season has seen unaccountable goals and encourages to be the most entertaining Premier League season in history. Mohamed Salah is back where he belongs. The Egyptian is the top scorer in Premier League this season scoring 17 goals out of 28 matches played.
Now let’s check out the best strikers in Premier League 2020/21 season so far.
Best Strikers in Premier League 2020/21
7 Ollie Watkins
Aston Villa star performer has been the backbone of the club since the start of the season. The club signed him from Brentford which proves to be the masterclass signing for Aston Villa. The English international has established himself as one of the best strikers for Aston Villa. He still going strong in the league scoring 10 goals in 27 matches played and leading his club from the front.
Watkins has shown that he has a lot to offer for his club. His performance shows that he is the player to look for in the upcoming season of the Premier League. He has already proved that he has worth every penny and looking to add some more goals as the league progresses through.
6 Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette does not need any introduction in this list. The Arsenal top striker shows again why he has been the best striker in Premier League. It takes some time for Lacazette to be on the top 7 but his magical performance again proved he is worth having in the team.
Lacazette has been the main man for Arsenal for a couple of years and this season he again proved why he is still one of the best strikers of this season. He has scored a total of 10 goals out of the 24 matches he played. There is still a number of games left, let’s see how many goals he will add to his tally after the end of the season.
5 Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford just stole the limelight of Premier League this season. What an amazing talent he is, he proved their critics wrong and shows what he is capable of. This Premier league said to be the breakthrough season for him.
Many have doubted his potential after the arrival of record signing Rodrigo Moreno. But Bamford backed his talent and proved his haters wrong. The English international scored a total of 13 goals in 28 appearances for the club. He has been leading from the front and also the top scorer of his club Leeds United.
4 Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has cemented his place as one of the best strikers in the history of the Premier League. He is also the golden boot winner of the last season and he is capable of retaining the trophy again this season. The Leicester star players have started the season with a bang. The English international has scored a total of 12 goals out of 25 appearances for the club.
Vardy’s strength is his speed and classy finish. He has been the biggest gamechanger of Leicester for so many years and he will continue to do so in the future. He also played a major role when Leicester City won the Premier League title in 2016.
Vardy has a long way to go as the striker and in no mood for retirement. He still has a lot to offer for his club.
3 Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic saw one of the best seasons of his career under the coach Carlo Ancelotti and has been phenomenal throughout the season. He has scored a total of 14 goals out of 25 appearances for the club. He is the leading man for Everton and one of the main reasons for Everton’s improved performance this season.
This man is improving year after year and has a lot of potentials to be one of the best in the future. His finishing, heading, and striking is top-notch this season. Everton is confident that Dominic will continue his form and he would be their main man for the next season.
2 Harry Kane
Harry Kane has been the most consistent striker in the history of the league. He regained his form under Jose Mourinho and the striker is looking in great touch since his return to Tottenham. The English striker has been in brilliant form this season and he is just behind Mohamed Salah in the race of Golden Boot. It would be exciting to see who will win it after the end of the season.
Kane had scored a total of 16 goals in 26 appearances for the club and looking to add more to his tally. He will be looking for the top spot and enjoying his one of the best season under Jose Mourinho.
Kane together with Son Heung-Min forms the most deadly combination in Premier League. It would not be a surprise if he won the golden boot this year.
1 Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian king is back where he belongs. He is the complete striker for the last couple of years. Salah is the top scorer in the Premier League this season. He has scored 17 goals in a total of 28 matches played. Currently, he is the leading goals scorer in Premier League this season.
Mohamed Salah has been phenomenal this season and the leading man for the club. It would also be interesting to see that if Salah can help Liverpool to finish the top 4 in the league. He is also getting competition from Harry Kane for the golden boot race. Let’s see how many goals can Salah add after the end of the season.