Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Maradona: I Wish Cristiano Ronaldo Was An Argentine

Maradona: I Wish Cristiano Ronaldo Was An Argentine

He however says he would have liked to Ronaldo line up alongside his greatest rival Messi for Argentina's national side.

Maradona believes Messi would still be remembered even without a major global trophy, but couldn't hide his love for Ronaldo as he admitted he wished he were Argentinian.

"I saw an except in which you said that you cannot compare Messi with my father (I couldn't agree more and I always said that only ignorant people would make such a comparison) and, as an Argentinian, I love Messi and I always celebrate his successes.

Dani Alves? Poor thing", The former Argentina coach told TyC Sports. "I wish he was Argentine".

Messi has endured plenty of frustration on the global stage, losing the 2014 World Cup final with Argentina, as well as three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016.

Ronaldo, now playing in the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, has gone from strength to strength winning his fourth Ballon d'Or recently.

The Napoli legend praised the Real Madrid man while maintaining his preference for Lionel Messi.

"I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but I acknowledge that the latter is an animal".

Maradona is generally regarded as one of the greatest footballers to play the game, and scored a brilliant goal soon after the Hand of God, dribbling past five England players as Argentina won on their way to lifting the World Cup.

'Leo can not deliver the World Cup on his own.

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