The legendary goalkeeper of Paraguay, Jose Luis Chilavert had several times faced with Diego Maradona, but he did not agree with the notion that the Argentine legend was better than Lionel Messi.
The debate over who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to meet. Until now, people still continue to discuss and debate it.
Naturally, Messi and Ronaldo played and shined in the same era, even though they were three years adrift.
They also won a number of titles with their respective teams, recording many individual records and awards. However, what’s interesting here is that Messi is not only compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, but also with a number of great legends.
The most frequently heard is the comparison between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. Both of these figures are in different generations, but their similarities are both from Argentina.
Messi was even dubbed as The New Maradona when he emerged as a young Barcelona player. He has won many titles along with Barcelona, including four European Champions League titles.
While Maradona has won the World Cup title along with the Argentine national team, an achievement that Lionel Messi has never achieved. But according to Chilavert, this did not necessarily become a reference for the public to consider Maradona as the best.
“Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet, no doubt,” Jose Luis Chilavert told Radio Rivadavia, quoted by Marca.
Reiterated again by Chilavert that what achieved by Messi is very far superior to Diego Maradona’s achievement.
“Maradona has not won one percent of what Messi has. Argentina must thank Messi for choosing Argentina, happy to see him play, “he said.
Chilavert indeed had several times to face Maradona, he is also known to often clash with the former Napoli player. Problem was, Chilavert just felt that he did not get respect from Maradona.
“Maradona does not respect me and I respond. I told him that there were anti-doping controls and made him angry, “he concluded.