Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis weighs into ‘greatest’ debate over Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona

The football world was shocked by the death of legendary Argentine Diego Maradona earlier this week at the age of just 60.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 12:35 pm

Maradona, whose almost unrivalled list of achievements include inspiring his country to a World Cup win in 1986, is a name that often comes out top in debates over who is the greatest footballer of all-time.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis paid tribute to Maradona, explaining why he believes he will be remembered as a greater player even than his countryman and modern successor Lionel Messi.

“I never met him, but I watched him on a number of occasions,” he told The Star speaking ahead of the Owls’ clash with his former club Stoke.

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Diego Maradona died this week at the age of 60.

“Maradona won a league title for Napoli by himself. I don’t think anybody else in the world could go to that football club and could have driven them on to win a title.

“Maradona won a World Cup with Argentina, and no disrespect to Messi, Messi has had the opportunity and the chance to win a World Cup, and a couple of the teams Messi has played in were better than the teams Maradona played in.

“He was one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen. He had loads of problems and issues away from football, which happens unfortunately, to some of the great, great players.

“As a footballer his balance and what he could do with a football individually and collectively was just extraordinary.

“He was one of the greatest of all time.”

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