Scaloni: Maradona was nice, however I favor Messi


Argentina‘s World Cup-winning coach Lionel Scaloni mentioned that if he had to decide on between Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona as the best participant of all time, he would choose Messi.

“If I have to choose one I choose Leo, I have something special with him. He is the best of all time, although Maradona was also great,” Scaloni advised Spanish radio station Cope on Tuesday.

Argentina followers have lengthy had an advanced relationship with each Maradona, Messi and their nationwide staff. Maradona had final led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, however what adopted was almost 4 a long time of wrestle.

After which, the win in Qatar, with the Paris Saint-Germain ahead as chief, redeemed the South American nation’s 2014 try, through which they misplaced the ultimate in opposition to Germany.

Scaloni will now renegotiate his contract, with this World Cup, a Copa America (2021) and a Finalissima (2022) amongst his accomplishments.

Scaloni mentioned he knew he wanted Messi’s buy-in when he took over the staff in 2018. At the moment, Messi had mentioned he was reevaluating his nationwide staff participation following the disastrous World Cup in Russia.

“The first thing we did was have a video call with Messi. He said he was honoured and the first thing we said to him was ‘Come back. We’ll wait for you’. That’s what we did and eight months later he came and found an incredible group,” Scaloni added.

“The World Cup final match was a like a great movie, an incredible trip,” Scaloni mentioned about rival France. “We enjoyed it despite the difficulty of it and knowing that anyone could have won it, and that was the key to the entire World Cup.

“Till the eightieth minute, we knew it was a spectacular match however after that second, issues modified. I’ve these photos of the match in my head. It was a pity that we couldn’t have closed it out in 90 minutes,” Scaloni said of the 2-2 draw at 90 minutes.

“Our pep discuss was very shifting as a result of we knew it was 4 years that we had labored for this second,” Scaloni said. “I might say little or no. We had ready for this second and now, once I had the prospect to say one thing shifting, I finished as a result of I couldn’t categorical it. I believe the gamers additionally felt it. Everybody felt that we had been doing one thing spectacular. That was such an unimaginable feeling.

“Training Messi is not hard,” Scaloni mentioned. “At the technical level, there is nothing to correct. But sometimes you can guide him to press or attack in a certain way. He is the best for pressing, stealing the ball and smelling blood.”

Requested about whether or not he would contemplate teaching Spain sooner or later, if requested, Scaloni mentioned: “Why not? Spain gave me a lot and it’s my second home.”

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