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Diego Maradona’s son slates Lionel Messi after Argentina’s defeat to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia shocked the world on Tuesday by beating the mighty Argentina in their opening World Cup game.

The South American outfit, captained by Lionel Messi, were one of the heavy pre-tournament favourites.

They had managed to maintain a 36-game unbeaten streak heading into Qatar, a run which even saw them crowned UEFA Cup of Champions winners after beating Italy at Wembley Stadium.

But despite the hype, against Saudi, La Albiceleste looked a shadow of their usual selves.

Diego Maradona’s son on Messi

Everybody knows that South American fans – especially those who hail from Brazil and Argentina – are a demanding bunch.

Messi is often heavily criticised in his home country for not delivering a World Cup, despite never really having the team around him to do it.

Comparisons are drawn to the legend Diego Maradona, who guided the nation to glory in 1986.

In many Argentine’s eyes, Messi cannot be seen as ‘the greatest’ until he fulfils his legacy and matches what Maradona did in Mexico all those years ago.

Lionel Messi looking dejected.

And one man who firmly stands by that fact is Maradona’s son. Speaking to Radio Marte, per The Mirror, Diego Maradona Jr. fired some serious shots at Messi and anyone who believes he is of the same ilk as his father.

“The comparison between Messi and my dad is made by those who don’t see and don’t understand football,” said Maradona Jr.

 “We’re talking about two different planets, but I don’t want to immediately throw the cross at Lionel.

“I am devastated by this defeat. “I find it hard to believe that all this really happened.

“Losing to Saudi Arabia is crazy. They were quite scared. Football is like that. They come to you. Sometimes it happens that you lose even against much weaker opponents.”

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It’s a strong stance from Maradona’s son but one that is to be expected given his family links.

To many fans outside of Argentina, though, Messi is already the greatest footballer of all-time whether he wins a World Cup or not.

His seven Ballon d’Or awards, countless career trophies and ludicrous statistics will testify to that.

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