Sacchi: Messi not even second-best in Argentina

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Legendary AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi has caused controversy in some quarters by inferring that Lionel Messi is not even the second-best player in Argentina’s history.

Whilst speaking to Argentine daily newspaper La Nacion, the former Italian national team coach suggested that both Diego Maradona and Alfredo di Stefano were the two greatest, though did concede that Messi is currently the world’s best:

Messi is the best player in the world today, but does not have the personality of Maradona. Diego made a difference in Italy and Spain.

Maradona or Di Stefano – they were the two best, and were different because Diego was the most talented whilst Alfredo was everywhere.

Sacchi is no stranger to disputes where Number 10s are concerned (just ask Roberto Baggio), and believes that Messi will change his mind about quitting international football in the wake of this summer’s Copa America defeat, stating:

I understand his situation but he [Messi] needs to change his mind because he has a debt to Argentina – he has to go back.

We can’t lose the best player in the world.

If only the coach felt the same way about Italy in 1994, after the World Cup final defeat and his self-imposed exile of Baggio!


  • Afees says:

    Does’nt he watch football?this man is not a good coach at all because messi is a player that most of coaches really need in their teams due to playing with team work,morinho who really hate messi has recently confirmed to it that messi was better than cr7,everybody knows that football is in brazil when they asked their team coaches that they should vote for either messi and cr7 whom they want to be in their teams,messi had 70% votes but cr7 had 30% and they now asked them that why you choose messi that cr7 the coaches said that they choose messi over cr7 because he play with team work,don’t mind this saying rubbish.


    Permítame una expresión para este caballero: es un gilipollas ….que no entiende de futbol y encima miente. Maradona no triunfó en el Barsa que salió por la puerta de atrás traspasado al nápoles que era la única oferta que tenía …..Messi ha ganado 28 títulos entre ellos 5 champions ¿cuantos ha ganado Maradona?….Cero…..Dicen que es de los mejores por un Munial ganado y encima con la mano….

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