Diego Maradona Jr has bluntly denounced those who compare his legendary father to Lionel Messi after Argentina’s surprise loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Diego Maradona, considered one of the greatest players of all time, led Argentina to the World Cup trophy in Mexico in 1986.
The legendary Argentinian’s son has revealed he was ‘devastated’ by Argentina’s loss and said he was ‘mad’ that Lionel Scaloni’s men lost to Saudi Arabia.
However, Maradona Jr insisted there was no comparison between his father and Messi and claimed those who would suggest otherwise ‘don’t understand football’.
Speaking to Radio Marte in Italy (via Diario AS), he said: “I’m devastated by Argentina’s loss.
“I find it hard to believe this all really happened. Losing to Saudi Arabia is madness.”
Maradona added: “The comparison between Messi and my father is made by those who don’t see and understand football.
“We are talking about two different planets. But I don’t want to throw the cross at Lionel right away.
According to Maradona Jr, Argentina were ‘presumptuous’ and failed to complete their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.
“Sometimes in football you even lose to much weaker opponents,” he said.
“I don’t think Argentina were presumptuous today. On the contrary, he was afraid.
“Football is like that. If you don’t close the games, even the poorest teams will come after you.
Speaking after the Argentina loss, Messi insisted there was ‘no excuse’ for his side’s performance and they would be ‘more united than ever’ after their loss.
“We knew that [Saudi] Arabia are a team with good players, who move the ball well and advance the line a lot. We are working on it, but we are accelerating a bit,” explained the Argentine captain.
“There are no excuses. We will be more united than ever. This group is strong and they have shown it.
“It’s a situation that we haven’t had to go through for a long time. Now we have to show that this is a real group.
“It’s a very hard blow for everyone, we didn’t expect to start like this. Things happen for a reason.
“We have to prepare for what’s to come, we have to win or win and it’s up to us.
“We have to get back to the basics of who we are. You have to think about what will happen. »
Argentina will be back in the World Cup on Saturday against Mexico at the Lusail stadium.