- Diego Maradona has been named as the greatest of all time by Fabio Cannavaro
- The Italian World Cup winner admits that Lionel Messi is phenomenal but insisted that Maradona has no equal
- Cannavaro is also eyeing a move to Europe after he has perfected his coaching strategies
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Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro has named Argentine icon Diego Maradona as the 'Greatest of All Time'.
The current Guangzhou Evergrande manager admitted that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is great but can never be compared to the 59-year-old.
Briefly.co.za learned that Cannavaro, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2006 after helping his national team win the FIFA World Cup the same year, said Messi is one of the best for the new generation.
He told Sky Sport: “I respect Messi a lot. For the new generation, he is one of the best, but Maradona is different because the football was different. They kicked him a lot, but he was always in control and he was tough.
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“Messi is top, but Maradona is another world. I never compare him with other players. I never saw Pele, but I watched Maradona, for seven years I saw every game. He's not one of the best, he's the best.”
Cannavaro added that he is also eyeing a move to mainstream Europe and advance his coaching career, saying he likes the environment.
“I hope so. I watch every game in the Premier League and I like the ambience and culture of football in England,” said Cannavaro.
“I am in China to try to improve my system and idea within football. I am at one of the best Asian clubs and of course, in the future, I'd like to try one experience in Europe. I want to try the challenge of European football.
“I like the Jurgen Klopp mentality but at the same time, I like the Pep Guardiola culture about football, because always we need intensity with and without the ball.
“But you need to control the game and try to win. I have my system and I hope one day you will see.”
Cannavaro won La Liga title twice playing for Real Madrid and also won a number of titles in Italy alongside other individual prizes.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Barcelona fans have snubbed their highest goals scorer Lionel Messi in favour of countryman Diego Maradona as the club's greatest player of all time.
The Catalans supporters were said to have voted for the 59-year-old, who spent just two seasons at the Camp Nou ahead of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
According to the poll conducted by Ranker and was published by the Sun, Messi came in as the second-best after the one-time World Cup winner.
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