Maradona light years behind Messi, says Ramos


France who have one of the youngest teams at the World Cup, featuring 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe and 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele, will be hoping to deal with the high expectations on them, having failed to inspire in the opening game where VAR and goal line technology helped them win.

'In Argentina they know that Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history, which for me is Lionel Messi, ' said Ramos.

With Argentina looking dysfunctional and under-performing throughout the qualifiers, Messi's dream of matching Maradona in Russian Federation always looked a tall order.

He has scored 64 goals in 124 global appearances for Argentina.

"When he scores, all Argentines celebrate, so when he misses, we can't jump on him alone ... that's too easy a way to think", smarted Sampaoli on the eve of their next Group D game, against Croatia.

"I see him very relaxed and he has a lot of confidence". Kempes scored a brace in the final which finished 3-1 to Argentina after extra time.

Previously, he threatened he wanted retire from worldwide football in June 2016 after the Copa America final loss to Chile, but later made a U-turn claiming it was a "heat-of-the-moment" decision.

Ramos was asked what he made of Maradona's comments after Spain's 1-0 World Cup Group B win over Iran, and chose to praise on Messi, who has led Barcelona to numerous wins over Real Madrid and had plenty of full-blooded clashes with the Spaniard.

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"The Champions League is now the pinnacle of the global game in terms of quality, and Messi has won that on multiple occasions".

"Messi is not Maradona, he doesn't win a World Cup by himself".

At home, Messi's face and number adorn billboards, masks and shirts around the nation.

By contrast, the more reserved Messi moved to Spain aged 11 and has a model family image.

"Obviously he felt bad about failing that penalty and as the professional he is he knew what failing that penalty meant".

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"Messi doesn't get the same support from his team mates as Maradona", Caniggia added.