When the greatest footballer debate is raised, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are invariably mentioned.
Messi is widely considered the best player of all time and has been locked in a decade-long battle with Cristiano Ronaldo for that accolade.
Maradona’s claims to that lofty title are his 1986 World Cup exploits, when Argentina became world champions – a major trophy that has eluded the Barcelona superstar.
Legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is well placed to judge given he is considered one of the best managers of all time and his thoughts on the matter came to light during a throwaway comment during a recent interview.
Speaking to Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft, Fergie was discussing journalist and friend Hugh McIlvanney, who recently passed away.
Ferguson was explaining McIlvanney was immovable in his opinions, with Northcroft telling the manager about an incident where compatriots McIlvanney and Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool and Scotland captain, were having a heated exchange on the Messi vs Maradona debate.
Souness thought Messi is better, which McIlvanney strongly disagreed with.
Argentina fans idolise both Messi and Maradona.
“An exasperated Souness had to finally beseech: ‘Look, I played against Maradona five times and I’m telling you — Messi,’” he wrote.
“Hugh growled back: ‘I don’t care who you played against. It’s Diego.”
Ferguson, who won 38 trophies in his 26 years with United sided with Souness when told about his friend’s view.
Culled from HERE