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The two left-footed Argentine geniuses have regularly been compared to one another by fans alike and it's easy to see why when you watch this video of their near-identical playing styles.
Twitter use @TotalMaestro has put together "Lionel Messi x Diego Maradona - Kings of Futbol" - a two minute video of the pint-sized pair being breathtakingly brilliant in their respective eras.
Nutmegs, mazy dribbles, defence-splitting passes all feature and the similarities are striking. You could probably quite easily convince a non-football fan that they were watching the same player.
Lionel Messi x Diego Maradona - Kings of Futbol :flag_ar: pic.twitter.com/Ec3JvUGLlQ- SR (@TotalMaestro) November 30, 2020
Undoubtedly the most scary bit is the fact Maradona's memorable solo goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, when he ran from his own half and beat defenders galore before rounding Peter Shilton and slotting home - was copied by a 19-year-old Messi years later.
It's virtually the same goal cloned.
He has also produced a carbon copy of El Diego's infamous 'Hand of God' - though his effort was nowhere near as subtle and was subsequently chalked off.
In addition, his most recent goal against Osasuna - which was followed up by a wonderful tribute celebration whereby he revealed a Newell's Old Boys shirt with No.10 on the back - was eerily similar to one the late Maradona scored on his debut for the club way back in 1993.
Everything was pretty much the same, only that Maradona finished with his weaker right foot.
"On Maradona's debut for Newell's, they brought out a 6-year old kid at half-time to do tricks for the crowd. That kid was Lionel Messi" - @jonawils [Guardian Football Weekly] pic.twitter.com/OmK3PY2iMA- Newell's Old Boys - English (@Newells_en) November 27, 2020
On the very same day Maradona made his bow and scored for Newell's, a six-year-old Messi was on the pitch doing kick-ups at half-time.
Years later, Messi and Maradona shared the pitch in a charity game before they linked up as player and coach when the latter was in charge of the Argentina national team.
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