Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi are the two kings of Argentina and two of the greatest players to ever kick a ball, but coming from two different eras the world has never gotten to see the two play together on a real football pitch .
However, the closest we’ve seen the two magicians face off was when Messi was just a teenager and played in a tennis football match with Maradona, along with his Argentine teammate Carlos Tevez and the Retired Uruguayan legend Enzo Francescoli.
Active players Messi and Tevez teamed up against retired Maradona and Enzo in what became a dramatic affair and even had VAR before VAR existed, as Maradona saw a point ruled out after a heated argument with Tevez.
It was an event that drew a raucous crowd as Messi and Tevez were both Argentina’s biggest rising stars against two retired heroes, but it wasn’t the only time they played together. .
Messi, Tevez and Maradona have had a few games in the past, with the fourth member of the quartet constantly changing, and Enzo Francescoli has proven to be a useful team-mate for Maradona despite his allegiance to River Plate, who are Boca Juniors’ biggest rivals. .
The Uruguayan was also an incredibly technical attacking midfielder, and all four players wore the iconic number 10 in their careers.
The retired pair were tough opponents even for Messi, and the greatest players never lose their magic touch. Maradona, despite being by far the oldest and least fit player on the pitch, still left the crowd amazed with his technique which kept his side competitive in the draw.
Messi and Tevez eventually won the match by 10 points to six as the sharpness of their match gave them the lead, but the four players showed spectacular skill and they embraced each other in good spirits full time .
There is often a debate over who was the better player between Messi and Maradona to claim the title of greatest ever, but even Messi himself said Maradona won the battle.
“Even if I played for a million years, I would never have approached Maradona,” Messi said.
“Not that I want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.
The full match video is below, and it’s as amazing as you’d imagine with some of the best characters and players ever coming together for a few glorious minutes.
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