The debate about which of the South American superstars can be considered the best has flared up for several years and, it seems, will continue to flare up for some time.

Messi “is top” but Maradona is “another world”

Leo Messi “is top,” Fabio Cannavaro admits, but Diego Maradona is considered first to place his colleague Argentine on any list of all time because the winner of the 1986 World Cup is “another world.” The debate about which of the South American superstars can be considered the best has flared up for several years and, it seems, will continue to flare up for some time. Former Italy international Cannavaro could well make a judgment by playing with and against two iconic figures. The man who the scepter of Azzurri to global fame in 2006 just started as a teenager in Napoli. When Maradona’s mercantile presence helped the club two titles of series A. Cannavaro would late take in a spell at La Liga giants Real Madrid, which allowed him to lock horns with Barcelona mascot Messi.

Fabio Cannavaro: “I respect Messi”

Both men are confident in the legendary status that will stand the test of time, but the star from past regions comes out one of the real in the eyes of the defender, who once sought to keep such a talent. “I respect Messi,” Cannavaro told reporters. “For the new generation, he’s one of the best.” But Maradona is different because football was different. They knocked him a lot, but he was always in control, and he was strong. “Leo is the top, but Maradona is a different world. I never compare him to other players. I never saw Pele, but I watched Diego Maradona. For seven years, I saw every match. “He is not one of the best, and he is the best” Cannavaro is not the first to say that it is almost impossible to compare two icons from different eras.

Roberto Ayala, another one who saw both Messi and Maradona in close quarters in his playing career, recently told journalists when asked to choose between a pair: “I played with both of them, with Diego I did my first steps. They are two football giants, and when he resigns, Messi will be remembered. “I don’t know if it will be like Diego, it doesn’t matter. They are different. “Diego was pure art in all his manners, Messi is Speedy Gonzalez who carries the ball two centimeters from his foot.”