As per the title......
As per the title......
God no. Maradona 1st, Zidane 2nd.
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Messi has certainly got the raw talent to be regarded in the same vein as Diego Maradona and Zidane.
You have got to remember the boy is only twenty. He will only get better from here.
However his outstanding technical ability is unquestionable.
I do think he is skill wise more talented than Zizou (and that's not being disrespectful to Zidane who was one the game's greatest - but IMO Messi is very gifted). And I saw quite a bit of Zidane from his early days eg Girondins Bordeaux onwards.
However Zidane and Maradona became famous for the feats they inspired their club and countries to.
That is the key challenge for Messi and he has time to achieve that.
So in short, yeah I think talent wise he's right up there with the best I've seen - but whether he is regarded as one of the best ever will depend on his career pans out.
Been lost of next Maradonas and Peles. Also, Nani's the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
That said, he doesn't exactly need to improve much IMO, awesome on his day, it is ****ing scary when he is running at your side's defence.
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Not even close. A very talented dribbler with the ball, but his distribution & spatial awareness are some way below the masters thus far mentioned in the thread. Hugely overrated because what he can do is eye-catching, but the end product is often sadly lacking.
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