All Channels

The new Maradona? No, Lionel Messi is a talisman for Argentina and Barcelona in his own right

Ever since a weeping Diego Maradona saw his international career come to an end thanks to a failed drugs test during the 1994 World Cup, a generation of talented Argentine playmakers have had to wear the millstone of being the successor to the irreplaceable number 10. Many have worn the label of the ‘new Maradona,’ but few have been able to deal with the pressure of carrying a nation’s hopes on their shoulders.

The story is too old to be commented.